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Biomimetics

KS3, KS4; Third Stage, Fourth Stage.

Ages 11 - 16

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW:  We look at a section of complex behaviours from the animal world including Batesianmimicry, parthenogenesis and camouflage! 

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

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Learning Outcomes

  • All children will be able to give an example of biomimicry.

  • Most children will be able to explain how biomimicry has benefitted us.

  • Some children will be able to suggest how biomimicry could help us develop further.

You'll get to meet some of these animals:

Free Printable Resources with every workshop

Free printable educational resource pack
Free printable educational resource pack

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. 

Curriculum Outcomes England & Wales

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Curriculum Outcomes Scotland

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CHECK OUT OUR WORKSHOPS

Our educational workshops hit curriculum outcomes

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MEET THE ANIMALS

Get in the know before getting up-close and hands-on

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MEET THE GANG!

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Our ZooLab characters are excited to meet you!

MEET THE RANGERS

We've got the best bunch! Which Ranger will visit you?

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