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Biomimetics

KS3, KS4; Third Stage, Fourth Stage.

Ages 11 -17.

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW:  This fascinating session will look at a section of complex behaviours from the animal world including Batesian
mimicry, parthenogenesis and camouflage! 

What can humans learn from these marvels? Find out how nature-inspired solutions are influencing scientific, medical and engineering discovery.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Explore Darwin’s theory of natural selection

  • Examine ZooLab’s animal adaptations 

  • Outline mimicry and animal camouflage

  • Define sexual selection in relation to natural selection

  • Compare animal birthing methods to ensure success of survival 

  • Describe parthenogenesis

  • Explore animal relationships, including Batesian mimicry and mutualistic relationships

  • Discuss how animal adaptations influence biomimetics

Includes:

Free Printable Resources

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Animals often used in this workshop:

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Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

What is adaptation?

An adaptation is defined as an adjustment to an organism to make them better suited to an environment.

 

Animals and plants have developed special characteristics to survive  in their particular habitat. Adaptations include biological changes to body functions or structure, behavioural and physiological to change to meet the environment. 

There are two different types of species -  generalist and specialist: generalists are able to thrive in a wide variety of environmental conditions and the specialists can only thrive in a small variety.

Adaptations became widely discussed after Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace developed the theory of natural selection - i.e survival of the fittest, where the best adapted life forms survive and pass the most desirable characteristics to offspring. 

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