Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
All A-Buzz about Biomimicry
The future can be freaky, but it can also be really cool, thanks to a little idea called “biomimicry”—that’s when engineering-minded folks like Emma mimic mechanisms in nature with their creations. Emma is mimicking the compound eyes of insects to find a new way to see things. Other clever people have invented a way for humans to climb walls based on the way gecko’s feet adhere to surfaces. Yet another group has developed a cheetah-like robot that runs and jumps! It’s all part of bigger movement called bioinspiration, which is the idea that human problems can be solved by looking to biology for inspiration.
Think about it!
What’s something neat in nature that you wish humans could do? It could be how chameleons and octopi blend in with their background, or how monkeys can jump from tree to tree with the help of a prehensile tail. Get bio-inspired!