2021/04/06
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Bionic Swift: a bionically inspired robotic bird

Explore the bird's flight in a practical way with the Bionic Swift

Festo Didactic presents a new experimental set within the existing bionics educational concept “Bionics4Education”. The Bionic Swift can be used to impart relevant knowledge on the topics of bird flight, bionics and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) both in the school education environment and in the private sector.

Inspired by natural models from the bird world

It is one of the oldest dreams of mankind: flying like a bird. The lift and propulsion of birds have been ingeniously achieved by nature. Birds measure, control and regulate their movements continuously and completely autonomously. The inspiration for the development of the Bionic Swift educational kit came from the Bionic Learning Network, a research association with universities, institutes and development companies whose goal is to produce novel technology carriers through the application of bionics. In 2020, the BionicSwift was presented to the public for the first time. Festo Didactic wants to bring the world of bionics together with the education sector in order to promote working in interdisciplinary project teams as well as problem-oriented learning and creativity at schools.

The Bionic Swift is a robotic bird inspired by the bird world. Festo based its development on the natural model of the swallow. With the experimental set, scientific and technical correlations as well as the fascination of bird flight and the topics of lightweight construction, energy efficiency and aerodynamics can be impressively conveyed in STEAM lessons using a project-based approach.

 

Bionic work didactically prepared

The mechanisms of action of the flap of the wings can be explored in a playful way by students in class. Weighing less than 45 grams, the ultra-light flying object Bionic Swift shows particularly agile flight behaviour. Due to its extreme manoeuvrability, even tight turns can be realised. The Bionic Swift experimental set is recommended for up to three learners and from the age of 15. The references to biology and technology that can be taught in STEAM lessons or at extracurricular learning venues are numerous and reach from the structure of tubular bones to wing take-off and landing to the basics of movements in the air. This allows teachers to teach technical learning content via a new, cross-curricular educational learning path. Accompanying teaching material, as well as the assembly manual, can be downloaded free of charge from our website www.bionics4education.com.

The experimental set will be available from the end of 2021. We will be happy to inform you in advance. Send us an email at: bionics4education@festo.com

Festo Didactic is a leading provider of technical training and further education. The product and service portfolio offers customers integrated educational solutions in industrial automation topics. The wide range of products and services reaches vocational schools and universities, research centres and industrial customers. Festo Didactic is part of the globally oriented, independent family-owned company Festo with headquarters in Esslingen a. N., Germany. The 808 employees of Festo Didactic in 61 Festo national companies generated sales of EUR 143 million with 56,000 customers in 2019.

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Bionic Swift experimental kit
Bionic Swift: The experimental kit that lets you experience bird flight and the world of bionics in a hands-on way. 
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Bionic Swift remote radio control
Playful learning: experience the flight characteristics of the Bionic Swift using remote radio control. 
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Bionic Swift agile flight behaviour
The ultra-light Bionic Swift shows a particularly agile flight behaviour.
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Bionic Swift project-based approach
Project-based approach in class: explore topics such as lightweight construction, energy efficiency and aerodynamics together as a team. 

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