In this episode from the PBS series SciGirls, nature’s strategies inspire a group of friends to design a safer shoe for walking on icy streets. An accompanying activity teaches students about friction.

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Nature’s strategies, from polar bear paws to penguin flippers, inspire Elin and her best friends to use biomimicry to design a safer shoe for walking on Minnesota’s icy winter streets.

The episode provides a great example and overview for following a bio-inspired engineering design process. View the video below and visit the SciGirls Connect website to download a related activity, “No Slip Grip”.

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