Backyard Bioengineering

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.
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Design a Poll

Design a Poll

From Big Data

Often, data is collected using a poll or survey. A poll or survey asks questions about people’s opinion on a topic. In this activity, you will design and conduct your own poll.

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Take a Turing Test

Take a Turing Test

From Artificial Intelligence

In 1950, an English computer scientist named Alan Turing (1912–1954) devised a test to tell a person from a computer. You’re going to try this with a Chatbot. This is an online computer program that is designed to mimic a human.

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Observing Forces Of Motion

Observing Forces Of Motion

From Projectile Science

When something moves, a lot is going on that we don’t see. But we can make deductions based on our observations of different movements! Try moving different objects on different surfaces and see what you learn.

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Designer vs. Maker

Designer vs. Maker

From Industrial Design

The growth of factories and mass production allowed companies to separate the design of products from their manufacture. It became easier to produce goods that were affordable for many people. At the same time, separating design from manufacturing can cause some problems. In this activity, you will explore some of the differences between craft-based design and mass production.

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Reviews

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++: Highly Recommended
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This book is a fantastic resource for getting children or adults excited about science and bioengineering!"

This Kid Reviews BooksBlog
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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.

Detailed Book Description

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.
Available In:
Hardcover, $11.45
9781619303669
Paperback, $8.45
9781619303706
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
What Is Bioengineering?

Chapter 1
Bioengineering in Communication and Sound Waves

Chapter 2
Bioengineering in Energy

Chapter 3
Bioengineered Household

Chapter 4
Transportation

Chapter 5
Construction and Architecture

Chapter 6
Healthy Living

Chapter 7
Bioengineered Clothing

Chapter 8
Farming

Glossary
Metric Conversions
Resources
Essential Questions
Index