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Biomimicry and the Built Environment. Introduction to Biomimicry for Middle School. Where do ideas come from?. Biomimicry. Bio – l ife Mimicry – to copy or emulate. Biomimicry is learning from nature how to solve human challenges and improve our world. Learning from Nature’s Genius:

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biomimicry and the built environment
Biomimicry and the Built Environment

Introduction to Biomimicry

for Middle School

slide7

Biomimicry

  • Bio – life
  • Mimicry – to copy or emulate
slide14

Biomimicry is learning from nature

how to solve human challenges

and improve our world.

slide16

Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?
slide17

Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?
  • Biologize the question.
slide18

Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?
  • Biologize the question.
  • Find the best natural models.
slide19

Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?
  • Biologize the question.
  • Find the best natural models.
    • think about habitats
slide20

Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?
  • Biologize the question.
  • Find the best natural models.
    • think about habitats
    • lots of ways to find information
slide21

Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?
  • Biologize the question.
  • Find the best natural models.
    • think about habitats
    • lots of ways to find information
    • look for champions
slide24

T-shirt that wicks sweat like a horned lizard

Vitamins based on the diet of forest apes

Fasteners that stick like burrs

Shoe soles that grip like a mountain goat

Underwear that breathe like stomates of plants

slide27

Computers as fast as neurons

Energy the way electric eels or leaves make it

slide30

What possibilities can you imagine?

What creatures will inspire you?

here are some ways to start
Here are Some Ways to Start
  • Take a Hike!
  • Sit quietly outside and OBSERVE
  • Ask questions in Biology class
  • Stay in School
  • Read books about the natural world
  • Do research on your favorite creature and all its cool functions, for yourself!
  • Go to college and study Biology and Design
never stop asking why or how
Never stop asking Why or How

It’s your future.

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