From Woodpeckers to Water

From Woodpeckers to Water Woodpecker. Photo Credit: by Charles de Mille-Isles (CC BY 2.0) via flickr.


Use your student esheet to watch Built to Peck: How Woodpeckers Avoid Brain Injury. As you're watching, consider these questions and be prepared to discuss them with the class.

Built to Peck

What is the research question under study?



Why was this question interesting to a materials scientist?



What aspects of her discovery process surprised and excited you?



Cite several improbable “instruments of discovery” this case surfaces, and explain how they advanced understanding. For example, how does a typewriter figure into this story?



How can you apply Dr. Gibson’s line of inquiry/style of thinking to your own discovery toolkit?



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