In this short 2-minute video, Janine Benyus provides a succinct description of biomimicry.


  • Students will learn a basic definition of biomimicry.
  • Students will be introduced to the concept of function in nature and design.
  • Students will learn of one possible emulation based on flow patterns in trees.

For educators looking for a quick introduction to for students, this short video is a good conversation-started before diving deeper into the subject. It quickly introduces the big ideas of biomimicry and concept of function by asking “How does nature…?” questions. It then gives a quick example of how we could have more efficient plumbing in a building if we learned from how trees and lungs distribute fluids.

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