Designing Nature’s Way

This Designing Nature’s Way activity & project also includes:

Build a better mouse trap using a computer. The reading provides background information on a computer design method that helped create an antenna. The activity provides a hands-on way to simulate the process that a computer uses in order to create a design by following the rules of natural selection. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide the basics of evolution as a background to the design activity
  • Have the groups create their own mouths and eyes
Classroom Considerations

  • Some individuals may get hung up on the evolution concept
Pros

  • The background informational reading is easy to follow
  • Links provide additional information for those that want to find out more
Cons

  • The numerous steps make it easy to get lost in the directions