Biomimicry and Biology

Biomimicry is an ever-evolving and fascinating field of study which aims to extract inspiration from Nature through form, function and design. This module challenges the scientist, designer and biologist in your learners by immersing them in challenging activities that blend the worlds of biomimicry and biology together. Biomimicry will change the way you and your learners perceive nature and natural solutions.  

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources5 x lesson plans
5 x presentations
5 x teachers notes
12 x sample answer sheets
1 x supporting article
Learner resources5 x worksheets
4 x student notes
1 x design challenge
3 x supporting articles
1 x key terms page
Projects – experiments2 x biomimicry design activities
1 x research project
2 x activities

Module key questions

What have humans learned from Namib Desert beetles about how to catch water from air? What physical and behavioural adaptations allow Namib Desert beetles to survive with limited water?
• How do bees coordinate their behaviour to select a new location for a hive?
• How can principles of swarm intelligence be applied in human systems and computing?
• What are some examples of biomimetic products inspired by swarm intelligence?
• How do natural ecosystems stay in balance?
• What is industrial ecology, and why should we care about it?
• How do natural systems, such as wetlands, regulate excess nutrients?
• How can humans mimic nature to avoid upsetting the balance in natural systems?
• What properties and structures allow bones to be both lightweight and strong?
• How could we use biomimicry and our understanding of the bones to create new innovations?

Module alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 10-12 | 15-18 years
Term n/a
CAPS subject Life sciences / biology
Subject strandLife processes in plants and animals
Environmental studies
Diversity, change and continuity
Sub-topicsEcosystem balance and functioning
Restoration and reparation
Nitrogen cycle
Human impact on the environment
Human anatomy and bone structure and function

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with:Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).
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Module Includes

  • 5 Lessons