It might be difficult to understand why biomimicry is important and what children can learn from this approach to look at nature to find inspiration for new ideas. Most school teach children about how animals and plants grow, where they can be found, and taxonomy but nature can be used as an inspiration to solve some of the most urgent sustainability challenges. So maybe biomimcry or biometrics should be part of every curriculum.
Biomimicry is great brain workout since it challenges children to be creative and to use their observations to solve problems and design things. Building model and making sketches is part of biomimciry – tinkering with a purpose.
Below is a mind map that shows some of the things that children learn from studying nature to get new ideas.
The mind map can be downloaded for free at Biggerplate.