Design and Technology KS2: What makes an ostrich such a fast runner?

Andy Torbet travels to California in his quest to find the superhero tech that can help him match the fastest bird in the world on two legs, the ostrich.

This super sprinter has a top speed of 45 mph, that’s one and a half times faster than Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.

Andy’s challenge is to take on the ostrich in a head to head race over 60m.

Can he find the tools to transform his body and go Beyond Bionic?

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 ostrich.

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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