Created for after school and camp programs, this unit takes students through a bio-inspired engineering design challenge.

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From the publisher:

Plants and animals have amazing ways of protecting and defending themselves, which can inspire engineers to design new technologies. Youth participating in this unit will become materials engineers as they use the Engineering Design Process to design bioinspired gear that meets clients’ needs.

Available as a free download. Printed copies and a kit of all materials required can also be purchased.

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  • Youth will be introduced to engineering and the Engineering Design Process.

  • Youth will explore and build upon their knowledge of how animals use camouflage, different modes of protection, and bioluminescence.

  • Youth will engineer a bag for a client meeting specific criteria and constraints.

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