GO IN DEPTH

Move Like an Animal

Move Like an Animal Photo Credit: Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings. Courtesy of PolyPEDAL Lab, UC Berkeley

Introduction

In this lesson, you have been learning about the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes—or biomimicry. Now you get a chance to design your own product based on what you learn about an organism you choose to study.


Research/Design

Group Name: ___________________________________________________________

Design Process Directions

1. Define the Problem: We are designing a robot or other technology that can maneuver in tight spaces or over difficult terrain—maybe even something that can climb up walls! We are drawing inspiration from __________________________.

2. Gather Information: In the table on this sheet, record information about the organism you are studying. Record at least three types of movement/locomotion. For each movement/locomotion, list at least 4-5 important features.

Organism

Movement

Important Features

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3. Brainstorm Design Ideas: List all of the ideas your group has for the type of robot or other technology you could design.

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 4. Select Design: Select one design that you want to work on. Write a description of it here.

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 5. Sketch Design: Now sketch what you think your design could look like. Label any measurement lengths or amount of materials to be used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Materials: List the materials you think you’ll need to build your design.

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7. Build/Test: After building your design, list the materials you used and how they contributed to the performance of your invention.

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Presentation

Organism Studied

 

 

Physical Characteristics

 

 

How Prototype Mimics Features of Organism




Assess

1. Group Presentations: While watching the group presentations, list the best feature of each group's invention and what material or technique accomplished this feature.

Group Best Feature Material/Technique
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

2. Your Team Design: After the group presentations, reflect on your own team's design. What improvements would you make to your design?

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