Bioengineering : Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs

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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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 204 x 254 x 12.7mm | 468g
  • VT, United States
  • English
  • 1619303663
  • 9781619303669
  • 2,797,678

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
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Praise for Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs This Kid Reviews Books Blog "... This is a really nice introduction to bioengineering and its major ideas. The text is not overly complicated which is amazing because of the complex topics it is covering... Kids and teachers will like reading this book! I give this book five out of five bookworms!" School Library Connection "Breaking down the complex topic of bioengineering into a kid-friendly format is a tough challenge, and Dr. Christine Burillo-Kirch does a fine job of doing just that... The text and comic style illustrations support science and STEM curriculum and projects while keeping it relatable and simple for budding scientists. The 25 projects, complete with supply lists and step-by-step directions, give students and teachers guidelines for meaningful projects and activities to extend learning and spark critical thinking. Recommended" National Science Teachers Association Recommends "... This book has something for everyone... could be used by a teacher with her class when covering biotechnology topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or could be used by individual students at the high school and even at the middle school level. The reading level is not too difficult and there is a glossary for all of the technical terms." Other biology titles in the Build It Yourself series: Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects Booklist "Making microbes an engaging topic for young readers is no easy task, but by marshaling comic-book-style illustrations and plenty of relatable examples, this book will be an appealing choice for the science classroom and the library shelf." Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects Publishers Weekly "Latham's accessible, encouraging tone, along with such experiments as creating habitats for woodlice (aka roly-polies) and building bird nests using natural materials, should pique kids' interest and get them outdoors." School Library Journal "This resource guide contains a wealth of information and challenging activities for budding scientists. It provides nature projects that can easily be implemented ... A good choice for science collections." Praise for other books in the series: Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects School Library Journal "Encourages students to examine the timely subject of climate change ... The book's energetic and enthusiastic approach is its strength. The text and activities work together to remind students that the future is in their hands and they can be a part of the solution. A welcome addition." Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Children's Earth Science Books Booklist "Comparing Earth to a spaceship that relies on fresh water and clean air, this title in the Build It Yourself series focuses on how the planet's systems have become unbalanced, creating a climate change... will get students thinking about their own impact on climate change."
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About Christine Burillo-kirch

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.
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