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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

Introduction to Biomimicry

for Middle School


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Where do ideas come from?


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Biomimicry

  • Bio – life

  • Mimicry – to copy or emulate


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Biomimicry is learning from nature

how to solve human challenges

and improve our world.


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Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?


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Learning from Nature’s Genius:

A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What do you want your solution to do?

  • Biologize the question.


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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So, what does this mean to YOU?


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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


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Clothing colored without dyes like a butterfly or a peacock


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Sandwich bags that biodegrade like tethers of blue mussel and zip closed like a feather


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Computers as fast as neurons

Energy the way electric eels or leaves make it


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Systems interconnected like trees in a old-growth forest


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What possibilities can you imagine?

What creatures will inspire you?


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Can YOU look to nature for inspiration?


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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


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Never stop asking Why or How

It’s your future.


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