We all know that nature has had millions of years to adapt, and we have 100s of thousands of species on Earth which have adapted to specific niches to exploit what’s available; Life will always find a way. Perhaps, it is for this reason that so many of our technological advances are based on our observations of nature. After all, it’s had quite a head start and adaptation and evolution are a brilliant master of engineering.
So much so, that I’d like to make a recommendation for you if you are a parent with a curious child who you’d like some day to grow up and become a top rated engineer amongst the human civilization. My recommendation is this; when considering a pet why not consider an arthropod, or arachnid. Say what – you ask? Why not get them an exotic type insect?
Now you think I’ve totally lost it right. Well, I haven’t and let me explain. In finding an early curiosity and interest in the movements of insects, your child may develop a better sense of engineering our future robotics. You see, nature has already figured out many of the most efficient ways of moving around, and evolution has had a lot more practice at designing things than humans have. Borrowing ideas and concept for engineering from nature makes sense.
It’s a good place to start. It is possible to better nature’s designs. In fact, we are already making more efficient solar cells than the photosynthesis process used by the leaves on trees. Now then, did you know that spider’s webs pound for pound are stronger than steel? Did you know that there are beetles species which can live where there is no rain or water by collecting the moisture from the morning dew as it rolls off their backs?
Have you ever marveled at the giant ant colonies and how they build their habitat, consider this for a moment. How is it that all these creatures are so highly adapted? What can your child learn from observing them, the way they walk, hunt, operate – their structure, mobility, strength, etc? There is a lot to be learned and if your child studies these pets and thinks about it, I just bet they’ll come up with future designs which will best the best that mankind has yet to come up with on our own.
Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. Maybe I’ve convinced you, maybe I haven’t, but it’s something worth your consideration.
Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes writing 23,100 articles was a lot of work – because all the letters on his keyboard are now worn off..