Discovering Life – Investigation 5 CAP
Discovering Life: Investigation 5 – CAP
In this CAP, we will consider how animal body structures have served as an inspiration for inventors and engineers over the years to invent and develop machines and products that help humans.
This slide simply asks, “How do you think we can solve human problems by studying animals?”. You may never have thought of this question before. Hopefully, after observing a few examples of how humans have designed inventions mimicking animal structures, you will be able to think of additional examples on your own.
This is the first of three very similar slides in which an animal structure is compared to a human invention mimicking it. When viewing this slide, first try to identify similarities between the animal structure(s) and the human invention that mimics it. Next (lower left), think about which you think came first, the animal structure or the human invention. Finally, ask yourself if the animal in question “copied” the human invention or if the human invention copied the animal structure.
This slide depicts the second example of a human invention that mimics the natural structure of an animal body. In addition, the same three questions asked in the previous slide are asked again, this time for the bird/airplane comparison.
This slide depicts the third example of a human invention that mimics the natural structure of an animal body. In addition, the same three questions asked in the previous two slides are asked again, this time for the turtle/tank comparison.
Notice that in all of the examples that we have used in this CAP, we are referring to analogies between animal structure and human inventions. Further discussion could involve potential examples of how plant structures have or could serve as inspiration or ideas for human inventions. For example, comparing the branches of a tree to a step ladder or the veins of a leaf to the plumbing and pipes in a house.