Death-Defying Cockroaches

Death-Defying Cockroaches Photo Credit: Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings. Courtesy of PolyPEDAL Lab, UC Berkeley


Have you ever wondered where engineers come up with ideas for new inventions? In this lesson, you’ll get a chance to learn more about how engineers will observe things in nature to try to learn from them and apply some of their features to new designs.

Death-Defying Cockroaches Build Better Bots

According to this video, why is it so hard to kill a cockroach?



How did researchers study how cockroaches move?



What did the researchers discover when they filmed the cockroaches?



What were the researchers able to develop based on their observations of the cockroaches?



What features of the robot help it to compress and move?





The worksheet was modified from one provided in the Live Like an Animal lesson in the TeachEngineering.org digital library collection. © 2009 All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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