Thursday, December 12, 2013

Friday Fun Fact - Inspiration From Nature

Have you ever thought about some of the amazing things in our lives that were inspired by nature? If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, think about velcro, adhesives, medical tape, synthetic shark skin, the bullet train, and much more.

Here's a cool video from the Smithsonian magazine on how biomimcry is inspiring human innovation.

If you are interested in exploring more about how nature inspires scientific innovation and invention, check out these two books.
Nature Got There First, by Phil Gates
In this book Gates shows readers earn how much of human technology was inspired by, or copied directly from nature. Packed with information, this one is good for older students.

Nature Did It First, by Susan Goodman
This book for young students includes a series of photgraphic puzzles where readers must look at a photo of a human invention and try to guess how it was inspired by nature.

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