Digital Exploration
20 min.

Following Nature's Lead

  • STEM
  • Science (Life)
  • Technology


In this Digital Exploration, students will learn that scientists and engineers frequently use nature to inspire their research, designs and products. Students will begin the lesson by matching animal habitats and animals to human inventions and designs, learning which human innovations have been inspired by termite mounds, dolphins, pigeons and more. Students will then continue to learn more about the important concept of biomimicry—when physicists, chemists and biologists use their knowledge of organisms’ structures and functions to build the foundation of innovation. Students will also explore the diverse set of careers that frequently use biomimicry to facilitate and inspire their important research. The Digital Exploration also includes an Educator Guide to help facilitate classroom learning.

Student Will Learn

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Creativity

Content Areas

  • Biomimicry
  • Life Science
  • Anatomy


  • Students will discover the diversity of careers and innovation inspired by biomimicry.
  • Students will investigate internal and external squid anatomy by matching squid functions with their structure.
  • Students will read about other possible uses for designs inspired by the structure and function of squid.

Grade Levels


Suggested Time

  • 20 Minutes