Design and Technology KS2: What makes mako sharks such fast swimmers?

Andy Torbet is off the coast of California in his quest to find the ocean's best high jumper, the mako shark.

In the midst of the Pacific Ocean he comes jaw to jaw with one of the ocean's fiercest predators and sees first-hand the might of the mako.

Andy learns how the mako can leap out of the water reaching heights of up to nine metres, as well as reaching top speeds of well over 40mph.

Andy must find a way to go bionic by trying out advanced technology to try and reach the shark's top swimming speed.

He also has to find a way to propel himself out of the water to reach the same jumping height as the magnificent mako.

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 mako shark.

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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