This is a fun interactive game that introduces students to the idea that the natural world can be a promising source of inspiration for technological innovation, using a biomimetic invention they are probably all familiar with: Velcro.

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This fun interactive has students race to put on apparel using Velcro (an invention inspired by Nature), and apparel using other devices (e.g., zippers, snaps, etc.), and compare and discuss the results. This game can be played with students of all ages, and is designed to introduce them to biomimicry and develop their critical thinking skills about the process of bio-inspired design.

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  • Students are able to understand, appreciate, and critically assess the
    relative benefits of nature-inspired design.

  • Students will be able to describe an example of a nature-inspired design.

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