Biomimicry and Physics

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 physicist in your learners by immersing them in challenging activities that blend the worlds of biomimicry and the physical sciences 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
2 x presentations
2 x teacher’s notes
8 x sample answer sheets
1 x key terms page
Learner resources5 x worksheets
1 x supporting resource
1 x quiz
2 x student notes
1 x key terms page
1 x exemplar
Projects – experiments2 x biomimicry design activities
1 x lab experiment

Module key questions

How does the structure and form of a mantis shrimp contribute to the enormous force of its strike?
• How might we use biomimicry and our understanding of the mantis shrimp to create new innovations?
• What is light and what is colour, and how do they relate to the electromagnetic spectrum?
• How does light wave interference create structural colour?
• What are some examples of structural colour in nature and how might we mimic nature to use structural colour instead of toxic paints and stains?
• How does the African elephant regulate its body temperature?
• What are some ways we can apply lessons learned from the African elephant’s thermoregulation processes to address human challenges?
• Why are scientists and engineers increasingly looking to nature for inspiration when designing robots?
• How could we address a personal or societal problem by creating a robot whose design mimics a structure or strategy found in nature?
• How does the structure of a pomelo fruit peel contribute to high levels of impact resistance?
• What biomimicry applications have been inspired by the structure of the pomelo’s peel?

Module alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 10-12 | 15-18 years
Term n/a
CAPS subject Physical sciences
Subject strandMechanics
Waves, sound & light
Matter & materials
Sub-topicsThermoregulation
Heat and energy transfer
Potential and kinetic energy
Biorobotics and biomechanics
Form 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