The Evolution Game
Functionality is the essence which biomimics seek to emulate from nature, for example how the structure of gecko feet allow it to climb walls without using glue or how termite mounds regulate temperature without external energy. In this game, students learn about the processes of evolution, natural selection and ultimately, how adaptation leads to functionally advantageous design. Theoretically, students will be competing for food while using the concept of adaptation. In this activity, students will modify a piece of paper each round and try to reach a target in the fewest number of throws. Reaching the target in fewer throws illustrates the process of refinement through generations of time and aids in survival for the organism.