Biomimicry with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

What is Biomimicry?

Great question! 

Biomimicry is the process of using concepts and ideas drawn from nature to solve complex problems. Whist biomimicry has only been formally studied in the last half century, it's something that has been ongoing for billions of years. 

Biomimicry can be applied in a number of different fields, including architecture, engineering, and design. By looking to nature for inspiration, we are able to pull on an infinite number of possibilities to create elegant and pragmatic solutions.

The complex problem solving that is engaged when utilising biomimicry aids in student development, and supports a number of curriculum outcomes.

Biomimicry in action

A great example of how biomimicry can be used to when problem solving can be seen in the design of the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Eiji Nakatsu, a Japanese engineer (who also happened to be an avid bird watcher) was inspired by the bill of a kingfisher.

The unique tip of the bill provided the idea to redesign the nose of the Shinkansen Bullet Train. This solved a number of problems, including reducing the amount of noise the train would make and enabling it to travel at much higher speeds. 

Learn Biomimicry with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Designed by Nature learning program offers students an opportunity to explore the process of biomimicry, and apply this knowledge in a problem solving context. 

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria offer the program in a number of formats for both Primary and Secondary students.