Processing, please wait...
It was processed successfully!
It was processed successfully!
Login Create Free Account
Create Free Account

Biomimicry Definition

Biomimicry solves human problems with ideas from nature. For example, Velcro is modeled after cocklebur seeds.

View Lesson on Inspired by Nature (Biomimicry)
Grades K-2 VideoInspired by Nature (Biomimicry) player orange
Preview Only
Oops! It looks like your security settings are blocking this video 🙁

If you are on a school computer or network, ask your tech person to whitelist these URLs:
*.wistia.com, fast.wistia.com, fast.wistia.net, embedwistia-a.akamaihd.net

Sometimes a simple refresh solves this issue. If you need further help, contact us.


Inspired by Nature (Biomimicry)

Fun Facts

  • Geckos' feet inspired a robot that climbs walls.
  • Armadillo shells influenced a backpack design.
  • Sugar gliders inspired wingsuits for gliding.

Why Do We Need To Know About Biomimicry

Biomimicry means learning from nature to make new technology. For example, suits that let people glide like sugar gliders help in designing better planes. Robots that can climb walls like a gecko show how nature helps us make better materials.

By copying things like the armor of an armadillo or the way plant leaves repel water, biomimicry helps improve many areas, such as sports safety, making clothes, and even waterproof shoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of structures on an animal or plant that protect them?
A structure on a plant that protect it are thorns. Some structures on animals that protect them are shells, horns or sharp teeth.
What special structure do the feet of a gecko have?
The feet of the gecko have lots of tiny hairs that allow the gecko to climb up walls.
Do people have any special body parts that help us survive?
Yes, we have opposable thumbs that help us grab things. Our eyes and ears can help us know if danger is nearby. Our legs can allow us to run very far.
Explore More Science Topics
We’ve sent you an email with instructions how to reset your password.
Choose Your Free Trial Period
3 Days

3 days to access to all of our teaching resources for free.

Continue to Lessons
30 Days

Get 30 days free by inviting other teachers to try it too.

Share with Teachers
Get 30 Days Free
By inviting 4 other teachers to try it too.
4 required

*only school emails accepted.

Skip, I will use a 3 day free trial

Thank You!

Enjoy your free 30 days trial