Beyond Benign

Elementary School

3rd Grade

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Blue Mussels: Expert Sustainable Engineers Unit

This unit begins by introducing students to biomimicry through a matching game. Then, students will gather data to compare the usefulness of glue in both dry and wet environments, as well as investigate where yarn gets it strength, in order to explore how mussels have innovated to stick in their environments and consider how scientists can use that information to make better products.

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Blue Mussels: Expert Sustainable Engineers: 04 Survival of the Stickiness

This lesson wraps up this unit by having the students reflect on their experiments from the previous lessons and extend their learning about connections between biomimicry and green chemistry. Students will discuss the conclusions they drew from each experiment and analyze their data from Lesson 2 as a class. They will then consider how biomimicry can be applied to solve other problems in science and engineering.

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Blue Mussels: Expert Sustainable Engineers: 04 Survival of the Stickiness

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