Tag: Biomimicry


Friday, June 7th, 2019

Using principles of ecosystem interactions and buoyancy, students will design and 3D print real fishing lures that imitate the behaviors of aquatic insects.

Flight of the Bumblebee

Friday, June 7th, 2019

This is an integrated lesson to be used in Physical Science and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Class.  The focus is on how to produce lift with flapping wings, investigating butterflies, ornithopters and finishing in the creation of a 3-d printed wing that could be used on as a prototype for a bumblebee drone wing.

Ticket to Fly

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Students will study the physics behind different types of flight and using biomimicry design a simple flying machine.

Build a bug: Designing a Predator Insect

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

The students will research what makes a good predator to design and 3D print a prototype of the ideal predatory insect.

Bumblebot: Engineering a Pollination Solution

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Students will model photosynthesis and energy transfer, examine human influence on pollinators, and learn bee behavior in order to understand why pollination is important to ecology and food production.  Through the design process, using biomimicry and 3D printers, students will produce a robot that mimics a honey bee transferring pollen while taking nectar from a flower back to the hive. 

Animal Armor

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Students study different types of arthropods and design 3D printed body armor for stuffed animals based on exoskeletons.  Students will present the 3D product with a tri-fold at the student art show. 

Nature’s Origami

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Lesson focuses on teams of students using nature-derived inspiration to design a functioning solar panel that can charge a cell phone. Students study the need for renewable energy production and use knowledge of folding patterns in nature to create their own light-sensitive, folding solar panel.

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