Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

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Curiosity seeker Leonardo da Vinci observed nature fanatically, taking notes and drawing sketches in his notebooks. Da Vinci’s nature observations lead him to design inventions that were ahead of his time. His observations of  birds and their wing structures inspired Da Vinci to design a plane and a parachute.

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Many of Da Vinci’sdesigns weren’t able to come to fruition because the materials needed to make his inventions weren’t available during his lifetime.

Your challenge is to observe nature – the plants, trees, water sources, and wildlife. Make a list of attributes for each item you observe. From your list, combine two attributes to inspire an invention design of your own.

Think Deeper:

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To learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, check out this book:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1579129463/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

To read about other animal inspired inventions, visit:

http://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/nature-inspired-inventions/

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