Design and Technology KS2: Beyond Bionic

Action adventurer Andy Torbet has scaled the world's highest mountains, dived the deepest seas and wing-suited through the skies. Now he's exploring the science behind some of nature’s most incredible animals to see if he can recreate their super powers using technology.

This collection includes:

  • Can technology help Andy match the amazing super-strength of a gorilla?
  • What makes grasshoppers so good at jumping? Andy uses a bungee chord to find out.
  • Andy attempts to recreate the hummingbirds' amazing ability to hover using a gravity-defying Flyboard.
  • How are Japanese spider crabs able to survive huge pressures at extreme depths?
  • Andy comes jaw to jaw with one of the ocean's fiercest predators, but what makes mako sharks such fast swimmers?
  • What makes an ostrich such a fast runner? Andy tries to outrun the fastest bird in the world on two legs.
  • Andy struggles to climb a ten storey, glass building to match a gecko lizard, but what makes these lizards such good climbers?

These short films are from the BBC series, Beyond Bionic.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 and Second Level students.

Design and Technology KS2: What makes mako sharks such fast swimmers?
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Design and Technology KS2: What makes an ostrich such a fast runner?
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Design and Technology KS2: What makes gecko lizards such good climbers?
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Design and Technology KS2: How do hummingbirds defy gravity to hover?
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Design and Technology KS2: What makes grasshoppers so good at jumping?
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Design and Technology KS2: How are Japanese spider crabs able to survive at extreme depths?
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Design and Technology KS2: Can technology help a human match the super-strength of a gorilla?
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