1Old pair of canvas shoes (adults permission required)
1Pitcher of water
1Large plastic tub
1Rub the candle back and forth all over the surface of one shoe.
2Have an adult help you use a hairdryer to melt the candle wax into the shoe.
3For best results repeat this process one or two more times.
4Hold the treated shoe over a shallow container and pour water gently on it.
5Next take the untreated shoe and pour water on it to see the difference.
How It Works
The treated shoe has a special coating of wax that protects the shoe from getting wet. This is similar to the nasturtium plant in the video or the feathers on a duck. When you poured water on the treated shoe, the water just slid off. The untreated shoe got wet when you poured water on it. Being inspired by nature to solve a problem is called biomimicry.
Check out the Full Lesson on Inspired by Nature (Biomimicry)!
In this lesson, we learn that:
Plants and animals have amazing ways to solve problems.
Biomimicry is when people solve problems with ideas from nature.