Biomimetic Robot

Byron Lahey
Grade Level: 
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
Strand 1: Inquiry Process Concept 1: Observations, Questions, and Hypotheses PO 1. Formulate questions based on observations that lead to the development of a hypothesis. Concept 2: Scientific Testing (Investigating and Modeling) PO 1. Demonstrate safe behavior and appropriate procedures (e.g., use and care of technology, materials, organisms) in all science inquiry. PO 2. Design an investigation to test individual variables using scientific processes. PO 3. Conduct a controlled investigation, utilizing multiple trials, to test a hypothesis using scientific processes. Concept 3: Analysis and Conclusions PO 2. Form a logical argument about a correlation between variables or sequence of events (e.g., construct a cause-and-effect chain that explains a sequence of events). PO 3. Analyze results of data collection in order to accept or reject the hypothesis. Concept 4: Communication PO 5. Communicate the results and conclusion of the investigation. Strand 4: Life Science Concept 1: Structure and Function in Living Systems (Understand the relationships between structures and functions of organisms.) Concept 4: Diversity, Adaptation, and Behavior (Identify structural and behavioral adaptations.)
Creating robots that are inspired by living organisms serves two purposes: 1. Copying systems that have evolved over millions of years results in better robots. 2. Building systems that mimic what we see in nature helps us better understand those natural systems.
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