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Biomimicry: The Genius of Nature

Lesson Description:

AngryGoat2In this lesson, students are introduced to the cutting edge field of biomimicry, which is the practice of imitating nature in order to better human life. After learning about real-life examples of biomimicry in action, students choose an animal or ability from nature to develop and design their own sustainable transportation inventions.

  • Students will describe biomimicry and explain how it informs sustainable design. 
  • Students will identify examples of modern transportation that borrow ideas from nature. 
  • Students will develop and design sustainable transportation inventions using the principles of biomimicry.

Lesson Type:
  • Audio - Video
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • Biomimicry Handout (one copy per student) 
  • Biomimicry Transparency
  • Computers with internet access

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF) on behalf of Amtrak
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Biomimicry Transparency.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Biomimicry Handout.pdf
Tags for searching:
Amtrak , transportation
Located in: Science | Creativity

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