Author: Tuba GÜLER Scientix ambassadors

Exploring Nature-Based Solutions in Your Classroom – The Challenge

General Information

Through education, students learn about the links between all important social, economic and ecological challenges and learn about the tools to address and perhaps solve them. Indeed, critical systems thinking, interdisciplinarity and sustainability literacy contribute to the creation of environmental awareness and responsibility towards nature and humanity. Therefore, with this study, education on sustainability issues creates strong students who will be relevant citizens and active change makers in shaping sustainability solutions. Inventions inspired by nature, more descriptively named Biomimicry examples come into our lives every day. There are many designs inspired by nature, from household appliances to ships, from underwater to Olympic stadiums. Well, do you know how many devices you use in your daily life are inspired by nature? What is biomimicry and what are its examples, let’s examine it together.

Biomimic Examples İnspired By Nature

  1. Lotus and Exterior Cladding
  2. Anti-Icing Liquid for Frogs and Airplanes
  3. 3.Heron Birds and High Speed ​​Train
  4. 5. Dragonfly and Helicopter
  5. 6. Dolphins and the Sonar System
  6. 8.The Arctic Hare and Snowshoes
  7. 9. Bee Honeycombs and Telescopes
  8. 10. Squid and Jet Planes
  9. 11. Bat and Radar System
  10. 13. Migratory Birds and Show Aircrafts
  11. 14. Sunflower and Solar Panels
  12. 15. Shark and Boat Tread
  13. 16. Spider Legs and Robots
  14. 18. Gray Spotted Catfish and Space Shuttle Rockwell X-30
  15. 20. Gecko Lizard and Climbing Shoes
  16. 21. Shark and Moka Shark


Its aim is to create products, processes and policies – new lifestyles – that are well adapted to life in the world in the long run. Discovering through scientific research that animals, plants and microbes are excellent engineers. Sustainability: With the inspiration of biomimicry, design makes designs that are adaptable, visually compatible and produce solutions that consume the least energy. Learn about key competences and transversal skills for forming eco-conscious students.


It seems that nature is renewing itself so that the natural balance is preserved. With inquiry-based learning in the STEM approach, students research examples. He discovers that the work done makes things easier in daily life. Thus, they decide to solve the problems in their environment, inspired by nature. Science lesson is related to human and environmental science. The diversity of living things is investigated with the subject of biodiversity. Biodiversity is under threat due to the damage that humans cause to the environment. Students are expected to solve this problem. Students re-solve these problems, inspired by nature.

Students met with the scientist. They argued to unravel the secret of nature. They learned the elements that threaten nature. Now is the time to come up with solutions for them. They will realize the designs of protecting nature and leaving a clean nature forward.

As the first study, it designs renewable nature-friendly greenhouses with the Tinkercad program for 3-dimensional view. In this work, he places solar panels in greenhouses. This insert is inspired by sunflower and makes its angle variable.

Students now design their spacecraft using waste materials. Materials to be used: tongue stick, plastic bottle, silicone gun, ornaments, handcrafted paper, makes and pencil.

Students are now inspired by the structural properties of plants. If I system with collapsible plants, they discover the piston feature.

Students evaluate their design. Your strengths and weaknesses. It adds an advantage over the creatures they inspire. In this way, it creates a unique product.

Students now apply their designs with engineering designs. They calculate the angle of the solar panel they use in the greenhouse. They add a motor that can be adjusted according to the angle of incidence of the sun. Radiant from the sun.

A tournament is organized between the project teams. It starts from the Wheel of Fortune games and continues as a matching card game. A picture of the model is pasted on one of the cards, and a picture of the creature that inspired the card on the other. It is played as a memory game.


People follow inspiring nature instead of waiting for inspiration. While doing these, the feeling of curiosity is in the foreground. This is what scientists, past and present, have in common. Curiosity and observation help solve most problems. If students observe and research their work, they don’t see it as a burden. It does this by enjoying and learning. It identifies old knowledge with new ones. In this way, it provides permanent learning. It uses the disciplines as a whole. Their self-confidence increases by making designs with simple tools. Sustainability: Inspired by biomimicry, design can produce solutions that are adaptable, visually compatible and consuming the least energy.He senses what profession he can do in his STEM career. He learns to be patient. The feeling of obedience to the group develops with the positive result it achieves. He learns to share. If the student develops, the education system develops, the country’s economy develops and society develops. The environment of well-being is provided in this way. Students dealt with a problem with the STEM approach in these studies. Nature is being destroyed. What can we do to stop it? In their solution, they found the scientist with the questioning method and got information from him. They integrated their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with project-based learning. Again, the laws of nature could protect nature. For this, they were inspired by nature while making their designs. They had the honor of being little scientists.

İndeed:  ECSA’s ten principles of citizen science are the following:

Citizen science projects actively involve citizens in scientific endeavour that generates new knowledge or understanding.

Citizen science projects have a genuine science outcome.

Both the professional scientist and the citizen scientist benefit from taking part.

Citizen scientists may, if they wish, participate in various stages of the scientific process.

Citizen scientists receive feedback from the project.

Citizen science is considered a research approach like any other, with limitations and biases that should be considered and controlled.

As a result of this activity, students achieve most of the aims of citizen science.