Biomimicry and the Built Environment Introduction to Biomimicry for Fourth Grade
BIOMIMICRY • BIO – Life • Mimicry – copy or emulate
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
Sandwich bags that biodegrade like tethers of blue mussel and zip closed like a feather
Systems interconnected like trees in a old-growth forest Computers as fast as neurons Computer screens that create color the same way as wings of a butterfly
What possibilities can you imagine? What creatures will inspire you?
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
Never stop asking Why or How It’s your future.