Bionics, or bio-inspired engineering, recognizes that nature has something to teach us. For billions of years, nature has successfully engineered natural, adaptive technologies for its survival. The organisms and ecosystems we are surrounded by face many of the same challenges that we do. Studying how nature has developed solutions for living organisms can be very effective in solving today’s engineering problems. Over the years, Festo has explored these principles of nature through its Bionic Learning Network. Our engineers take an innovative “bionic” approach, imitating elements of nature to seek solutions to the challenges facing our automated world.
Many samples of bionics-inspired projects have been developed, which the Bionic Learning Network’s team of engineers, designers, and biology experts realized could be used to inspire and engage learners in the subject of bionics. So, they created the Bionics4Education innovative learning environment and Bionics Kit, which together, offer students a fascinating, hands-on experience in the world of bionics as they complete similar bionics-inspired projects. And since bionics serves as a link between biology and technology, the Bionics Kit is a perfect addition to our Integrative STEM education program.
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