The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster is proud to present two new exhibits highlighting biomimicry, an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.
Biomimicry New England’s exhibit, “Innovations Inspired by Nature,” will teach visitors how knowledge gained in learning from nature is the foundation for sustainable innovation. In addition to how marine animals have informed biomimicry, visitors to the museum will learn how spiders warn birds by weaving strands that reflect ultraviolet light into their webs, how a new hair color dye was inspired by a beetle and how “swarm logic” utilized in bee communication was used to develop air conditioning units that communicate in medium-sized buildings.
“A Seal’s World, Beneath Cape Cod Waves,” an interactive exhibit by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), highlights the seals and other marine animals found beneath the waves of Cape Cod waters. This exhibit also explains biomimicry and how humans have borrowed from marine animal designs to develop innovative products.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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