Topic: Understanding Life Systems – Interactions in the Environment
What is Biomimicry? According to “The Biomimicry Group”, it is the study and imitation of nature's remarkably efficient designs, and the use of these models to create sustainable technologies (http://www.biomimicry.net/). Students will investigate how heat is transferred through conduction, convection and radiation. Using this knowledge, the materials and tools provided, as well as, teacher approved “found items”, students will create a laptop-cooling stand that includes Biomimicry in the design of its cooling system. The cooling system cannot use any electrical power to operate, and must transfer heat away from a laptop by conduction, convection, and radiation.
May 2011 OCTE Elementary Committee – Darren Foy, Richard Michaud, Terry Wilkinson
Tools - please note that this list is designed for classroom projects where the use of powered tools is prohibited: