Nature Did It First: Engineering Through Biomimicry (Hardcover)

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By Karen Ansberry, Jennifer DiRubbio (Illustrator)
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Description


What child doesn't want to know how things work? Introduce a young reader in your life to how nature works and inspires innovation to help solve some of our toughest engineering challenges. This kid-friendly, beautiful introduction to biomimicry is half playful rhymes and half nonfiction, perfect for ages 5 and up.

Nature does it best ... and did it first! Explore the ways we have looked to nature for brilliant new designs and innovations to solve our own conundrums. Each example in nature is paired with a fun, rhyming description, an example of how it has been used by us, and a question to the reader—"what other problems can be solved?"

Learn fascinating examples of biomimicry, like:
  • How burrs inspired Velcro
  • How grooved gecko feet inspired adhesive
  • How bumpy whale flippers inspired windmill blades and surfboards
  • And more!
  • Back matter includes:
  • A glossary for words like echolocation and adhesive
  • A STEM Challenge activity perfect for your home or classroom
  • About the Author


    Jennifer DiRubbio is both a passionate artist and an avid environmentalist. She has been active as an artist for several organizations that promote nature and a healthy planet. Jennifer graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1992. She keeps her home and studio in Merrick, New York, as "green" and environmentally sound as possible, where her husband and two young children also work and play.

    Praise For…


    "Rhymes, such as yard and Bernard... will help youngsters, ages 5 – 10, read independently. Endnotes including a glossary and a STEM Biomimicry Design Challenge, complement the examples of copying nature to solve a problem. " - Oneota Reading Journal

    "This colorful children's book is a wonderful contribution to science literacy, particularly the underrepresented field of bioengineering." - Catherine Bilow, Catholic Library World



    "The unique format of this book makes it both fun and educational as each animal's unique feature is highlighted in a poem." - Midwest Book Review



    "The unique format of this book makes it both fun and educational as each animal's unique feature is highlighted in a poem." - Midwest Book Review



    "You will never see nature with the same eyes after reading this book." - Skipping Stones Magazine



    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781584696575
    ISBN-10: 1584696575
    Publisher: Dawn Publications
    Publication Date: May 1st, 2020
    Pages: 32
    Language: English