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Bionic Flower: a bionically inspired robot flower

Another step for the integral didactic concept of Bionics4Education

  Festo Didactic presents a new product for the bionics didactic concept of Bionics4Education. What is new: the orientation towards the maker movement approach and the 4Cs. The aim is inspiring learners, finding new ways and solutions, dealing creatively with provided materials, and sharing these experiences with others to prepare them for the digital world of tomorrow.

Inspired by the plant world

The Bionic Flower is a construction kit inspired by the plant world. Festo Didactic developed the Bionic Flower following the models of mimosa plants and water lilies in cooperation with SkySpirit. The Bionic Flower opens and closes its petals as a reaction to external influences such as touch, proximity or light. These mechanisms can be discovered in a playful way by pupils in the classroom using sensors and control technology integrated in the Bionic Flower. The design, as well as the transfer of principles from the plant world, rounds off the teaching of curriculum topics in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). The topic of biodiversity can also be discussed in class.


Bionic work didactically prepared

One Bionic Flower can be used by up to three students at a recommended age of 10 and over. The petals contain the first bionic topic: the folding technique. The petals gain the necessary mechanical stiffness by folding. The mechanism for opening and closing the petals is electrically actuated with a stepper motor which opens and closes the petals one after the other. The movement and the light effects are controlled via Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, tablets or PCs. If required, the microcontroller can be programmed with the graphic coding interface "Open Roberta". Experienced students can also program their Bionic Flower in C++. The code is open source. This enables teachers to teach technical content via a new, interdisciplinary educational path. Accompanying teaching material, as well as the assembly manual, can be downloaded free of charge from our website www.bionics4education.com.


An expanded approach to promoting valuable skills

Students learn different aspects of STEM with the Bionic Flower - in a digital, creative and interdisciplinary way. The Bionic Flower combines bionics and technical education and is thus based on the competencies of the 4Cs: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity to empower learners for the digital world of tomorrow.

In addition, soft skills such as working in a team are reinforced.



New in the concept: the maker movement approach

The maker movement is based on the DIY (do it yourself) culture and the idea of finding new ways and solutions, dealing creatively with materials, and sharing these experiences with others. The Bionic Flower takes this approach and combines Maker Education and STEM Education. In addition to assembling the Bionic Flower, learners can customize and expand on the Bionic Flower by using 3D printers, other materials, hardware and software.

Acerca de Festo Didáctica
Festo aprovecha su experiencia en automatización para ofrecer soluciones integrales de educación industrial y técnica. Festo Didáctica se compromete a proporcionar a los educadores y a los empleadores la formación práctica, los cursos digitales y las soluciones de aprendizaje mixto necesarios para cerrar la brecha de habilidades STEM. Nuestros equipos de laboratorio, planes de estudio y programas de certificación están cuidadosamente diseñados para apoyar diversas vías de aprendizaje y formación en el puesto de trabajo. Con más de 4.000 certificaciones FICP y 36.000 instituciones educativas equipadas con Festo, Festo Didáctica y sus socios están preparando a los estudiantes y empleados para el futuro del trabajo
Más información en https://www.festo-Didáctica.com/us-en/ y http://www.festo.com

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Education in times of digitalization
Intuitive operation of the Bionic Flower via smartphone or tablet.
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Bionic Flower construction kit
Experience the fascinating world of bionics in a playful manner and learn about technical and biological issues while having fun.
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The petals of the Bionic Flower can be customised with different materials and in different colours.
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Bionic Flower
Learning the mechanisms of action of water lilies and mimosa in a playful way using sensors and control technology.