Creative minds are increasingly turning to nature for inspiration and fresh solutions in design, sustainability and engineering. Wellington Open Science Lab endeavours to spark awareness and interest in biomimicry, a dicipline of growing influence. Last Friday Otari School senior students and Open Science Lab came together for a session on biomimicry dealing with bird flight, feathers, butterfly wings and the lotus effect.
“Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.
The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.” (Biomimicry Institute) Read the rest of this entry