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Biomimetics and Education in Europe: Challenges, Opportunities, and Variety

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Plant Biomechanics Group @ Botanic Garden Freiburg, University of Freiburg, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
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Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT—Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies, D-79110 Freiburg, Germany
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Biomimetics 2021, 6(3), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics6030049
Received: 8 June 2021 / Revised: 29 July 2021 / Accepted: 3 August 2021 / Published: 4 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomimetic Process and Pedagogy)
Biomimetics is an interdisciplinary field of science that deals with the analysis and systematic transfer of biological insights into technical applications. Moreover, the development of biomimetic products helps to improve our understanding of biological concept generators (reverse biomimetics). What does this mean for the education of kindergarten children, pupils, students, teachers, and others interested in biomimetics? The challenge of biomimetics is to have a solid knowledge base in the scientific disciplines involved and the competency to be open-minded enough to develop innovative solutions. This apparently contradictory combination ensures the transfer of knowledge from biology to engineering and vice versa on the basis of a common language that is perfectly understandable to everyone, e.g., the language of models, algorithms, and complete mathematical formulations. The opportunity within biomimetics is its ability to arouse student interest in technology via the fascination inherent in biological solutions and to awaken enthusiasm for living nature via the understanding of technology. Collaboration in working groups promotes professional, social, and personal skills. The variety of biomimetics is mirrored by the large number of educational modules developed with respect to existing biomimetic products and methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: architecture; biomimetics; bioinspiration; education; equity; interdisciplinarity; training; STEM = science; technology; engineering; mathematics architecture; biomimetics; bioinspiration; education; equity; interdisciplinarity; training; STEM = science; technology; engineering; mathematics
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