Did you know that nature inspires innovation? This is called biomimicry. These resources to teach kids about biomimicry will help your kids explore how nature solves challenges in life.
I love the idea of biomimicry. So, what exactly is it?
Biomimicry is defined as a method that focuses on creating solutions to human challenges by emulating ideas and designs found in nature. Really, in secular science texts, they say nature but I say CREATION.
Yes! God’s creation is magnificent. Of course, we could perfect and improve innovation by mimicking the work of the Creator. It makes perfect sense.
I am so excited to discuss this topic because God is at the heart of it at the core. Humans are copying the perfection and genius found in the natural world around them, created by the ultimate Creator.
Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith, we understand that the universe was created by God’s word so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
Creation is FULL of an amazing assortment of living things and unique designs or behaviors that help everything in nature to adapt. Living things tend to just plainly, survive, even in the most extreme of circumstances.
This is why more humans, scientists, engineers, and architects just to name a few, are learning from these created traits to develop their designs, products, and architecture. They are taking biomimicry into consideration as they attempt to “build better.”
Here are some super cool examples of mimicry in science, engineering, and innovation that were influenced by nature-inspired design.
Kingfisher birds inspired bullet trains (like the one in Disney!).
The high-speed trains needed to be improved to eliminate this debilitating sound made from a shock wave while moving through the tunnels called a “tunnel boom.”
To minimize this boom, Japanese engineers mimicked the Kingfisher bird beak which causes minimal splash as it enters the waters. Creating this new nose shape, the trains were 10 percent faster, consumed 15 percent less electricity, and, most importantly, no more “boom.”
Humpback whales influenced the new models of wind turbines.
The Humpback whales use bumpy, tubercle fins with small ridges for propulsion. Using a model that mimicked these whale fins, the U.S. Naval Academy developed biomimetric blades that reduced drag by a third and even improved life by 8%.
These adjusted blades also help generate the same amount of power at 10 miles per hour than conventional turbines that generate at 17 miles per hour.
Photosynthesis and leaves to clean air and end fossil fuel consumption.
This type of innovative process is called artificial photosynthesis, where a bionic leaf creates hydrogen fuel from the sunlight. This has hopes to be a potential global energy breakthrough by splitting water using electricity from the sun.
There are no emissions from this type of renewable fuel.
A shark’s skin as an influence for boat surfaces.
Researches have redesigned a boat surface to mimic a shark’s skin to help ships move better through the waters and keep their hulls free from branches. Shark skin has even inspired swimsuits and wetsuits.
If you enjoy nature study in your homeschool, check out our Julia Rothman Companion Notebook Series that goes along with Nature Anatomy, Farm Anatomy, and Ocean Anatomy.
Check out more examples of this mimicking of God’s work to troubleshoot issues in our world:
7 Brilliant Examples of Nature-Inspired Design | Digital Trends
Biomimicry Articles | Answers in Genesis
6 Amazing Innovations Inspired by Nature – Biomimicry | Off Grid World
Design Found in Nature Inspires Innovation | Institute of Creation Research
Biomimicry Examples | Answers in Genesis
The Future of Innovation is Here: 8 Inventions from Nature’s Laboratory | Biomimicry Institute
Explore these resources to teach kids about biomimicry in your homeschool:
What is Biomimicry? | WiseGeek
Nature Drawing and Biomimicry Journaling | Think Dive Biomimicry
Biomimicry: Project Ideas and Lesson Resources | STEM Learning
Biomimicry Playing Cards | Nature-based Education Consulting
Project-Based Learning, Insects, Lapbook – STEAM, Biomimicry | Sparking Children’s Thinkibility
9 Basic Principles of Biomimicry | Biomimic Academy
These activities and resources will help you to teach your kids about biomimicry:
Distance Learning Science Adaptations STEM Project Biomimicry NGSS Life LS4 | Professor Doubter NGSS SCIENCE Resources
Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge (YDC) | biomimicry Institute
Ask the Planet Song and FREE Activity | Biomimicry Institute
Finding Symmetry in Nature (Outdoor Math Activity for Kids) | Buggy and Buddy
Easily Boost Your Child’s Math Skills With Nature Patterns (FREE Printable) | One Time Through
Check out these biomimicry videos for your kids:
Biomimicry | Search Creation and Evolution
Definition & examples of biomimicry (explained with drawings) | Sustainability Illustrated
Biomimicry: Fish Behaviour Inspires Design of Collision-Free Vehicles | AutoConceptionTV
What does it mean that the heavens declare the glory of God? | Got Questions Ministries
The Universe, Galaxies, Planets, Stars -The heavens declare the glory of God | Answers in Genesis
I have hopes that as scientists look more into the natural world to answer human questions, they begin to see, more and more, that the severely erroneous idea of evolution is impossible.
I pray that they see the endless evidence for a Creator and the grave problems with the Theory of Evolution or the Big Bang Theory. It honestly takes more to believe in evolution and the big bang, than to have faith in a sovereign and omnipresent Creator.
Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky/firmament above proclaims his handiwork.”
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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