Summer Camp Week 2: Animals as Engineering Inspiration

For the second week of science/engineering summer camp, 6-9 year olds learned about how animals engineer things, and how engineers have brought cues from nature into their research and inventions.

From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp

Planes and gliders are inspired by birds:

From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp
From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp
From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp

Vehicle aerodynamics are inspired by animal body shapes:

From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp
From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp

Turbine fin shape is inspired by whale fins:

From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp
From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp

And can be tested to measure ability to generate electrical power:

From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp
From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp

And of course there was time to experiment with biochemical energy conversions:

From Iridescent NYC – Musical Instrument Engineering Summer Camp

It was a great week!

From Iridescent NYC – Animals as Engineering Inspiration Summer Camp
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