Biomimicry – design and engineering inspired by nature

Inspired by nature is a topic that many schools will cover during the year. If you are interested in finding out a little more about the topic, or fancy taking a look at our free to download biomimicry resource collection, read on…

Firstly, inspiration!

There are three TED talks that give cracking examples of biomimicry in engineering:

Using Natures Genius in Architecture: In this talk, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. 13 minutes of example filled architectural inspiration!

Biomimicry in action: In this talk Janine Benyus has a message for inventors, when solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results!!

From Mach 20 glider to hummingbird drone: An interesting talk from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, showing how nature has inspired engineers to create new drone technology.

Just in case you missed it, the BBC have released a podcast called 30 Animals that Made Us Smarter. 30 different episodes that each tell the story of a different innovation inspired by nature. From generating electricity from spiders webs, to using Dolphin communication to detect Tsunamis…

Secondly, ideas!

Take a look at our Biomimicry resource collection and take a look at how other teachers are introducing the topic to their Design and Technology students.


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