Give Me Biomimetic Shelter
Jun 08 2011
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Source: Biomimicry Institute
Summary Information


biomimicry, engineering, design, ecology, ecosystems
Earth Science

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

Estimated Time Required:

5-8 hours

Diversity Indicators:

This lesson is appropriate for all learners and encourages different ways of thinking and learning.

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Average: 5 (4 votes)


skendrick's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm


skendrick's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm


pbell's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

The design spiral reminds me

The design spiral reminds me of the tasc wheel - gather, organise/identify/generate/decide/implement/evaluate/communicate/learn from experience. I loved the spiral resembling Fibonacci's pattern - a lovely topic to study especially using art and maths. The idea of linking the task to the Fennoc Fox is a winner - so sweet. We design a shelter as part of our Design Technology Curriculum in Primary School - we have made bridges linked to science and dt; Anderson Shelters linked to history themes; desert island shelters linked to Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and children love projects on adaptations to life in different climates - I think you have come up with a winner. A task for a purpose and showing nature's ingenuity is brilliant. I enjoyed reading these notes - thank you.
orlando's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I viewed theWhat is

I viewed theWhat is Biomimicry? segment. Having been made curious during our Saturday session, I was most interested in hearing some examples of real-life biomimetics in nature, which were provided. The Velcro/plant burrs, wood glue/mussels & honeycomb structure were clear examples. After viewing, I was still curious about the other two examples. For example, I would love to have heard something basic about how lotus leaves self-clean, thereby meriting our aim to mimic them. Also, what is beneficial about the arrangement of a termite mound? The hot/cold animation that quickly followed was not clear. Finally, as an anatomy & physiology teacher, I would have liked a mammalian example. However, I know that you can not appease everyone, and there are some things that I would have to look up myself to present to my students.