Biomimicry and Chemistry

This module brings the exciting topic of research and application of Biomimicry into the finite world of Chemistry. Learners are engaged with fascinating topics, challenges and developments that combine the sciences. 
Based in design thinking, this module also challenges the creative minds of the learners in developing and brainstorming solution-based ideas to real-world challenges. 
Biomimicry has been a part of human society for ages, even though we may not be aware of it. We are only now unpacking the fine-tuned brilliance that nature has to offer us. 

Whats included in this module?

Teacher resources5 x lesson plans
2 x presentations
2 x teachers notes
10 x sample answer sheets
1 x rubric
Learner resources5 x worksheets
4 x supporting resource
1 x activity page
5 x supporting articles
1 x experiment
Projects – experiments2 x biomimicry design activities
1 x project
1 x lab session

Module key questions

• How do adhesives work?
• How can biomimicry inspire the development of new adhesive products?
• What benefits do humans receive from coral reefs?
• How do human activities endanger coral?
• What can we learn from coral about how to build concrete?
• How can biomimicry help influence improvements in solar energy technologies?
• How do living things create materials versus how 3D printers accomplish the task?
• What is the difference between natural and synthetic polymers?
• What products could be created with a 3D printer using natural polymers to serve a valuable purpose?
• How might we learn from organisms that use anhydrobiosis to survive long periods without water?
• How could creating stable, dry vaccines have important medical and social implications?

Module alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 10 – 12 | 15-18 years
Term n/a
CAPS subject Chemistry / Biology
Subject strandMatter & material
Chemical changes
Life processes in plants and animals
Sub-topicsAdhesives and material qualities
Calcification processes and biomimetic solutions
Photosynthesis and Solar technology
3D printing

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 to an appropriate United Nation Sustainable Development Goal(s).
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Module Includes

  • 5 Lessons