The article describes an engineering project that is to be done as the culminating event in a unit on biodiversity and adaptation. Students apply what they have learned about these disciplinary core ideas to design products for humans that are inspired by nature’s adaptations. Video clips about biomimicry are shown to students, they do a webquest on the topic and then are asked to design their own 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional “biomimetic” products. A complete project schedule is included as well as ideas for how to define a problem and look to nature to solve it and also how to research solutions to the problem. Suggestions for credible sources, a rubric, and examples of student work are included in the article.
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