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In Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs, young readers explore designs and innovations that come from nature. Leonardo da Vinci studied birds’ wings to draw his design of a man-made flying machine and engineers still look to birds when attempting to make planes more aerodynamic. And a burr on your shirt from walking through a field sticks like Velcro, doesn’t it? The plant and animal world provides engineers and scientists with a host of ideas to apply to the human world to make it a better place to live.
Bioengineering explores different fields, including communication, transportation, and construction, and follows the process of engineering from the raw material of the natural world to the products we use in the human world every day. Activities such as building cantilevers and inventing a new fabric that mimics pinecone behavior require kids to think critically about their own needs and find creative ideas to fulfill those needs using designs from nature. Essential questions and links to digital and primary resources make this book an engaging and illuminating experience.
Dr. Christine Burillo-Kirch earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in bacteriology and immunology for 12 years and has been published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals. The author of Microbes: Discover an Unseen World from Nomad Press, Christine lives in Cary, North Carolina.
Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Timeline Introduction: What Is Bioengineering? Chapter 1: Communication Chapter 2: Transportation Chapter 3: Clothing Chapter 4: Healthy Living Chapter 5: Construction Chapter 6: Household Chapter 7: Farming Glossary Resources Index