Design and Technology KS2: How are Japanese spider crabs able to survive at extreme depths?

Andy Torbet is on a Beyond Bionic mission to match a deep-dwelling giant Japanese spider crab.

Capable of living at depths as low as 600m, these crabs have amazing protective shells, which withstand the pressure of the ocean water pushing down on them.

Andy’s Beyond Bionic challenge is to explore and test the latest technology that will enable him to complete some tricky crab-inspired tasks, at these extreme depths.

This is from the series: Beyond Bionic

Teacher Notes

You could get your class to work in groups to research and design their own technology to match the Japanese spider crab.

They could make posters and simple miniature prototypes, before presenting their designs to the rest of the class; outlining the science that would help them.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching Design and Technology at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

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