Self-driving cars, robot bees that pollinate flowers, and jumping kangaroo robots may be part of our future.
Robots capture children’s imagination. With robots, children can learn to explore dreams and use these dreams to solve problems. Biomimicry is also an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed.
I thought it would be great to combine this with exploring question asking, which is a vital but often neglected skill.
Always the beautiful answer
Who asks a more beautiful question.
Warren Berger says “A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something – and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change.”
You can read more about the importance of teaching children question asking here.
So we started with a “What if” or “How” question.
We made a grabbing robot using sea stars as inspiration. Sea stars have five arms and there are eyes on the arms. We liked the idea of being able to pick up things while looking at another direction and still be able to see what we were picking up.
You find the booklet Biomimicry for Young Children – Robots here