Animal Engineers (July 30 – Aug 3rd)
Nature has been engineering solutions to complex problems for several eons longer than humans have existed. The field of biomimicry attempts to learn from nature’s designs. In week 10 Sparklers will be outdoors and challenge themselves to observe and innovate from nature’s wide and deep well of inspiration.
Check out this video and see how MIT is capitalizing on biomimicry - especially one of nature’s design hallmarks: self-assembly http://www.selfassemblylab.net/ActiveShoes.php
But why stop at design self-assembling shoes? What if a space shuttle could quickly assemble its 2.5 million parts? Let your imagination run wild...