Biomimicry is an emerging field that seeks to find sustainable solutions to human problems by mimicking nature’s patterns. Just as Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral invented Velcro based on his initial observation of how burs stuck to his socks, a new initiative at The University of Akron trains PhDs in biomimicry. The University of Akron has teamed with the National Inventors Hall of Fame School (a STEM school) to create a middle school curriculum that will support the concept of biomimicry design. TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) is helping to sponsor the PhD candidates at The University of Akron.
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