Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs with 25 Projects

Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs with 25 Projects

In Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs, readers ages 9–12 explore the engineering and innovation that come from the natural world around us and use their own interactions with nature to inspire new designs.

  • Introduces bioengineering, which combines life sciences and engineering to inspire scientific discovery and the invention of new technologies.
  • Includes recent relevant topics in the news while providing a historical perspective of previous scientific discoveries.
  • Promotes a sense of responsibility for endangered plant and animal species.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL Z

Subjects

  • Biology
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • STEM - STEAM

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In Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs, readers ages 9–12 explore the engineering and innovation that come from the natural world around us and use their own interactions with nature to inspire new designs.

  • Introduces bioengineering, which combines life sciences and engineering to inspire scientific discovery and the invention of new technologies.
  • Includes recent relevant topics in the news while providing a historical perspective of previous scientific discoveries.
  • Promotes a sense of responsibility for endangered plant and animal species.

Science Books & Films 2016 Best Books List
++: Highly Recommended
This book is a fantastic resource for getting children or adults excited about science and bioengineering!”

This Kid Reviews Books Blog
This is a really neat nonfiction book. It explains the core concepts of bioengineering in terms that kids can understand. I really enjoyed how it simplified the theories, which I’m sure are actually quite complex, and also included projects to help the reader understand the topics even more. The projects are simple, and use everyday objects that would cost little to nothing to make. There are neat illustrations that help teach the topics and break up the text in an enjoyable way. This is a really nice introduction to bioengineering and its major ideas. The text is not overly complicated which is amazing because of the complex topics it is covering. This is a very well thought out and written book! The binding of the book reminds me of a school workbook, but the colorful illustrations, projects and engaging text makes it so much better than a textbook! Kids and teachers will like reading this book! I give this book five out of five bookworms!”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“I was ready to hear yet again how birds inspired wing design but what I found was much more. This bioengineering book goes from the definition of bioengineering to how it has influenced communication, energy production, household products, architecture, healthy living, clothing and food. This book has something for everyone. . .”  Click here to read the entire review online.

Also by Dr. Christine Burillo-Kirch

Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects

Booklist
“Making microbes an engaging topic for young readers is no easy task, but by marshaling comic-book-style illustrations and plenty of relatable examples, this book will be an appealing choice for the science classroom and the library shelf. . . As a series of fun experiments in a dynamic layout that also remains faithful to the basic tenets of scientific inquiry, this is sure to engage young biologists.”

Praise for other titles in the Build It Yourself Series:

3-D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes

Booklist Online 
“Engineers design solutions for common or sophisticated needs, and here kids are challenged to consider, brainstorm, experiment, and create prototypes for 25 projects, from a pencil holder to a cardboard chair to a mini-robot. Each of the first seven chapters examines a specific topic and then asks readers to create one to three corresponding projects. . . . Instructions for each project include five steps with highlighted vocabulary and informational text boxes. Most projects lean toward collaboration and experimentation. Colored text boxes and illustrations help break up the text, and several experiments have QR codes for expanded online content. Part of the Build It Yourself series, this book will prove useful to middle-school science teachers.”

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (NSTA.org)
“This book is a treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club.”

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Backyard Bioengineering

Bioengineering has been around for a long time. People look to nature to design products that fit certain needs. We can also simply observe nature and see how it works. Inspiration can strike and you might be able to think of a way to improve an existing design.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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For More Information
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Christine Burillo-Kirch

Christine Burillo-Kirch earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in the fields of bacteriology and immunology for 12 years. Christine lives with her husband, daughter and puppy in Cary, North Carolina.

You can follow Christine on facebook at www.facebook.com/MicrobesDiscoveranUnseenWorld and www.facebook.com/bioengineeringnatureinspireshumandesigns


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Alexis Cornell

Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: Z
Subjects: Biology, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Science, Life Science, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Science Books & Films 2016 Best Books List
++: Highly Recommended
This book is a fantastic resource for getting children or adults excited about science and bioengineering!”

This Kid Reviews Books Blog
This is a really neat nonfiction book. It explains the core concepts of bioengineering in terms that kids can understand. I really enjoyed how it simplified the theories, which I’m sure are actually quite complex, and also included projects to help the reader understand the topics even more. The projects are simple, and use everyday objects that would cost little to nothing to make. There are neat illustrations that help teach the topics and break up the text in an enjoyable way. This is a really nice introduction to bioengineering and its major ideas. The text is not overly complicated which is amazing because of the complex topics it is covering. This is a very well thought out and written book! The binding of the book reminds me of a school workbook, but the colorful illustrations, projects and engaging text makes it so much better than a textbook! Kids and teachers will like reading this book! I give this book five out of five bookworms!”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“I was ready to hear yet again how birds inspired wing design but what I found was much more. This bioengineering book goes from the definition of bioengineering to how it has influenced communication, energy production, household products, architecture, healthy living, clothing and food. This book has something for everyone. . .”  Click here to read the entire review online.

Also by Dr. Christine Burillo-Kirch

Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects

Booklist
“Making microbes an engaging topic for young readers is no easy task, but by marshaling comic-book-style illustrations and plenty of relatable examples, this book will be an appealing choice for the science classroom and the library shelf. . . As a series of fun experiments in a dynamic layout that also remains faithful to the basic tenets of scientific inquiry, this is sure to engage young biologists.”

Praise for other titles in the Build It Yourself Series:

3-D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes

Booklist Online 
“Engineers design solutions for common or sophisticated needs, and here kids are challenged to consider, brainstorm, experiment, and create prototypes for 25 projects, from a pencil holder to a cardboard chair to a mini-robot. Each of the first seven chapters examines a specific topic and then asks readers to create one to three corresponding projects. . . . Instructions for each project include five steps with highlighted vocabulary and informational text boxes. Most projects lean toward collaboration and experimentation. Colored text boxes and illustrations help break up the text, and several experiments have QR codes for expanded online content. Part of the Build It Yourself series, this book will prove useful to middle-school science teachers.”

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (NSTA.org)
“This book is a treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club.”


Projects

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Backyard Bioengineering

Bioengineering has been around for a long time. People look to nature to design products that fit certain needs. We can also simply observe nature and see how it works. Inspiration can strike and you might be able to think of a way to improve an existing design.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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For More Information
www.christineburillokirch.com

Christine Burillo-Kirch

Christine Burillo-Kirch earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in the fields of bacteriology and immunology for 12 years. Christine lives with her husband, daughter and puppy in Cary, North Carolina.

You can follow Christine on facebook at www.facebook.com/MicrobesDiscoveranUnseenWorld and www.facebook.com/bioengineeringnatureinspireshumandesigns

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Alexis Cornell

Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.