Biomimicry Blitz

Grades: 5th-8th

All Programs

How does a fish breathe? How do camels regulate water? What do scales have to do with movement? This week campers will learn about fascinating animal adaptations and how they can inspire innovative and sustainable solutions to human challenges. Perhaps we can save the planet by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies?

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Collaboration, Initiative, Problem Solving, Empathy, Critical Thinking, Creativity. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Take a look at your camper's daily schedule below, under sample projects!

Sample Projects

Armadillo Backpack

Armadillo Backpack

Campers will construct a collapsible backpack inspired by the amazingly adapted armadillo. It will be structured to keep items enclosed, but when not in use it can be a fashionable bandolier or fanny pack. 

Campers will learn about armored animals and plants, how their armor can be modified and for what purposes. Campers will see different examples of spines, quills, plates and shells in animals, as well as spines, hairs and plates in plant species.

Gecko Feet

Gecko Feet

Campers will engineer a series of different “feet” that are adapted to defy gravity. Their feet will then be attached to a robotic gecko who will attempt to climb a wall at various angles. 

Campers will learn about the factors to consider when designing their feet, including gravity, friction, mass, force, and angular momentum. Campers will also practice the engineering method as they design and redesign their gecko feet prototypes.

Seed Dispersal Velcro Catch

Seed Dispersal Velcro Catch

Campers will learn about some of the fascinating ways that plants have adapted to disperse their seeds, a process which is crucial to understanding the evolutionary origins of life on this planet. Campers will use velcro in different ways to develop a game that is designed after a common mode of seed dispersal– the hitchhiking seed. 

Campers will learn how seed dispersal has taken on many different forms. They will also develop their understanding of plants and the adaptations they have gone through in lieu of motility. 

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Early Care
8:00-9:00AM

During our EDMO Pro Early Care, campers will have time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  The Early Care Program allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Opening Huddle
9:00-9:30AM

Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping.  Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

Lab 1
9:30-10:30AM

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects. Have an older, more advanced camper? No worries, we’ll be breaking out into groups and giving more experienced campers some more challenging projects to work on.

Snack
10:30-10:45AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

Real Time
10:45-11:15AM

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have 20-30 minutes of team and leadership building.

Lab 2
11:15AM-12:15PM

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects. Have an older, more advanced camper? No worries, we’ll be breaking out into groups and giving more experienced campers some more challenging projects to work on.

Lunch
12:15-12:45PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Hang Time
12:45-1:20PM

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have 20-30 minutes of free choice time. EDMO Pro campers can spend time outside playing games and will also be able to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  

Lab 3
1:20-2:40PM

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects. Have an older, more advanced camper? No worries, we’ll be breaking out into groups and giving more experienced campers some more challenging projects to work on.

Closing Huddle
2:40-3:00PM

Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up!  This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

Pick-Up
3:00-3:15PM

Have your camper check themselves out and/or pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. While you’re away, campers can enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

“My normally too-cool, preteen daughter actually said to me last night, "Can we talk?" And then she proceeded to proudly tell me all about the projects she worked on at camp. She obviously loved EDMO - thank you!”
– 6th Grade Los Altos Parent