Design and Technology KS2: What makes grasshoppers so good at jumping?

Daredevil Andy Torbet takes on the bounding brilliance of the grasshopper, as he is challenged to match its ability to leap ten times its body length.

He discovers that the secret to their gravity-defying leap lies in the elastic muscles in their knees, which enables them to store potential energy.

Armed with this knowledge, Andy takes on the Beyond Bionic challenge of finding the best tech to help him jump over 17 meters high.

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 grasshopper.

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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