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Biomimicry in Engineering

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on the concept of Biomimicry and students learn how engineers have incorporated structures and methods from the living world in products and solutions for all industries. Students then work in teams to develop a structure or system based on an example in nature that would help people living on the moon. They design their structure on paper, learn about patents, and share their designs with the class.
  • Learn about biomimicry.
  • Learn about engineering design and redesign.
  • Learn about patents.
  • Learn how engineering can help solve society’s challenges.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • biomimicry
  • engineering design
  • patents
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students explore how engineers have incorporated systems, materials, and methods from nature into man-made products, materials, and methods found in all industries. Students look to natural examples to create on paper a structure or system that would support people living on the moon. They consider patenting options and present their ideas to the class.

Resources / Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheet (attached)

Full Lesson Plan PDF 
Student Worksheets

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

Tom Shaw

Technical Education Post, Online Publisher

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