Beastly Bionics
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Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature
Author(s): Jennifer Swanson
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Copyright Year: 2020
ISBN/ISSN: 9781426336737
Review

Breaking down the myriad ways that nature has influenced technology, travel, medicine, and more, this title presents middle grade readers with enough engaging content and design to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. Each chapter explores a number of inventions based on natural designs, like antibiotic insect wings, boa constrictor grips, and shock-absorbent woodpecker beaks. Even the ability of a starfish to adapt after losing an arm has given scientists and engineers ideas about how to build breakable robots. This title shows its audience that you don't have to reinvent the wheel to create something revolutionary and that inspiration is all around us if we only look hard enough. Author Jennifer Swanson has created a fast-paced nonfiction read that is well organized and navigable for children looking either for a cover-to-cover read or who simply want a browsable book that enables them to jump to different sections as their interest dictates. This would make a worthwhile addition to the recent trend of titles exploring the correlation between animals and technology and will likely do well in communities where other National Geographic Kids titles are popular. Elementary school libraries, particularly those with robust innovation and/or maker programs, should consider purchasing this book.

Reviewer: Alexandra Quay, Librarian, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles, CA
Rating: Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 3-5
Review Date: June 5, 2020
Product Description
Discover how the natural world inspires innovation in science and technology to create the latest and greatest breakthroughs and discoveries in this exciting book.

Did you know that scientists have developed a bionic tool shaped like an elephant's trunk that helps lift heavy objects? Or that the needle-like pointed beak of the kingfisher bird encouraged engineers in Japan to change the design of the Shinkansen "bullet trains" to reduce noise? Across multiple fields of study and methods of problem-solving, scientists are turning to biomimicry, or engineering inspired by biology or nature, to make all kinds of cool technological advancements. From robots that protect people and gather information to everyday inventions, like reflectors on the roads and ice-proof coatings for airplanes, to new sources of renewable energy, this book dives into the ways that nature can give us ideas on how to improve our world. Discover more than 40 examples of technology influenced by animals, learn about some of the incredible creatures who have inspired multiple creations, and meet some of the scientists and the stories behind their inventions.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: PPBK
# Pages: 96
Price: $14.99
Genre: Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Other
Entry ID: 2242103

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