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Biomimicry introduction

  1. 1. BIOMIMICRY: LEARNING FROM NATURE April 2012
  2. 2. WHAT IS NATURE? Photo Credit: Gord McKenna CCABYANC
  3. 3. Photo Credit: WiKimedia user Hagainativ CCABYASA
  4. 4. Photo Credit: WiKimedia user Patriotmissile, CCABYASA
  5. 5. Photo Credit: Calypso Orchid, CCABYANCAND
  6. 6. HUMAN DESIGN •  Mining–39 billion tons/yr •  Heat treating – over 1,400 °C releases 6% of GHG •  Packaging •  Shipping Photo Credits LAR: Dionatan ZibeS, CCABYANC; WiKimedia user Linguistic Demographer, public domain; FlicKr user Judy_&_Ed, CCABYANC
  7. 7. NATURE’S DESIGN •  Built to shape •  Created on site •  Uses CO2 as a building block •  Waste-free •  450 million year old process Stony coral Photo Credit: NOAA, public domain
  8. 8. Instead of mining ancient sea beds, couldn’t we learn to make this material the way corals do? Photo Credit: WiKimedia user Jstuby, public domain Fossilized coral
  9. 9. BIOMIMICRY “The conscious emulation of life’s genius is a survival strategy for The human race, a path to a sustainable future. The more our World functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to Endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone.” –J.B. Photo © Biomimicry 3.8, used with permission
  10. 10. WELL8ADAPTED DESIGN “Nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are Grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They Have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here On Earth.” – J.B. Photo Credit: NASA, public domain
  11. 11. A BIT OF PERSPECTIVE If the history of the earth were compressed into a calendar year… November: 15th: fungi 20th: fish Earth formed Jan Feb 25th: life appears Feb 28th: photosynthesis evolves Feb March April 22nd: plants 24th: insects Aug 16th: multicellular life May June July AuG Sept Oct Nov Dec December: 2nd : amphibians 6th : reptiles 13th: mammals 18th: birds •  All of human history would take place in the last half hour of the last day. •  The industrial revolution would take place in the last 2 seconds. 20th: flowers December 31st 11:00 am: hominids walk 11:36 pm: homo sapiens 11:59 pm: agriculture 11:59:58 : industrial revolution Image of human figures: NASA public domain
  12. 12. MAL-ADAPTED DESIGN Heat, beat, and treat •  High temperatures •  High pressures •  Toxic chemical processes Photo Credit: TJ BlacKwell, CCABY
  13. 13. A RECURRING THEME “Human ingenuity may make various inventions…but it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting and nothing is superfluous.” – Leonardo da Vinci Photo Credit: Leonardo da Vinci, public domain
  14. 14. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
  15. 15. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS Ethos Photo Credit: MarK S. Elliot, CCABYANC
  16. 16. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS (Re)Connect Photo Credit: Credit:Conor Keller, CCABYANCAND Photo Kevin Denali National ParK, CCABY
  17. 17. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS Emulate © Mary Hansel, used with permission
  18. 18. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
  19. 19. A MATTER OF SCALE Form - shape, surface, texture Process - a series of opera:ons Ecosystem – a network operating together in an ongoing cycle Photo Credits LAR: Hans Hillewaert, CCABYASA; WiKimedia user Hagainativ, CCABYASA; Ireen Trummer, CCABYASA
  20. 20. CASE STUDY 8 FORM Photo Credits LAR: Albert KoK, CCABYASA; SharKlet logo; © SharKlet Technologies LLC, used with permission
  21. 21. CASE STUDY 8 PROCESS Photo Credits LAR: NOAA, public domain; Calera logo; MarK Dumont, CCABY
  22. 22. CASE STUDY 8 SYSTEM Living Machines Kalundborg ZERI Systems Photo Credits LAR: Max Baars, CCABYASA; Bruce Chung, CCABYANCASA; ©Emily Harrington, used with permission
  23. 23. BIOMIMICRY IN EDUCATION •  Project-based and experiential learning •  TeamworK •  NGSS Crosscutting concepts Photo Credits LAR: FlicKr user Blese, CCABYANC; FlicKr user VSFDigitalDesign, CCABY; Phil Roeder, CCABYANCAND
  24. 24. BIOMIMICRY IN EDUCATION Research has demonstrated: “four days of immersion in nature, and the corresponding disconnection from multi-media and technology, increases performance on a creative Problem-solving task by a full 50%.” Atchley RA, Strayer DL, Atchley P 2012 Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings. PLoS ONE Photo Credit: North Cascades National ParK, CCABYANCASA
  25. 25. BIOMIMICRY IN EDUCATION Photo Credit: 350.org, CCABYANCASA
  26. 26. SEEING DIFFERENTLY LEARNING ABOUT: •  Scientific name: Pinus ponderosa •  Found in low A mid elevations throughout the U.S. •  USDA Hardiness Zones 3A7 •  Important U.S. timber species •  Needles 5A10 long, in clusters of 3 Ponderosa Pine Photo Credit: J Stephen Conn, CCABYANC
  27. 27. SEEING DIFFERENTLY LEARNING ABOUT: LEARNING FROM: •  Scientific name: Pinus ponderosa •  Leaves create solar energy without toxins •  Found in low A mid elevations throughout •  Xylem transports water hundreds of feet without the U.S. fuel. •  USDA Hardiness Zones 3A7 •  Canopy reAhumidifies air •  Uses CO2 as a building material •  Important U.S. timber species •  Expertly lightAweighted materials •  Needles 5A10 long, in clusters of 3 Ponderosa Pine Photo Credit: J Stephen Conn, CCABYANC
  28. 28. THANK YOU For sharing biomimicry with your students. Visit ben.biomimicry.net to access additional teaching resources. Photo Credit: Kati Fleming, CCABYASA

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