A flexible week-long teaching unit that introduces biomimicry to middle school students.

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This week-long unit teaches middle school children about biomimicry through a powerpoint presentation, outdoor exercises, and then by giving students the opportunity to explore their own biomimetic solutions to sustainability challenges. Some of the components in this units can be used independently, or for a 1 or 2-day introduction as well. A variation on this unit is also available with a climate change case study.

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Objectives

  • Provide students with an introduction to what biologically-­inspired technology is, why it can be both important and fascinating, and to provide them with an exercise in researching their own biomimetic solutions to human challenges.

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