Biomimicry Engineering

COST: $3,200
Age: Rising 8th Graders and older
DATES: July 14 - 28, 2019
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Students

Utilizing an authentic Engineering Design Process and hands on fabrication skills, inventors will create a toy that will incorporate natural elements, models, or systems to solve a particular problem. Immersing themselves in the challenge of problem-solving, participants will prototype, test, and revise their ideas in a collaborative space designed to stimulate real-world creativity and innovation.

Beginning by researching biomimicry while learning how to use the various resources in our Hotchkiss Class of 2017 EFX Lab and the Leung Prototyping Studio (band saws, drills, miter saws and jigsaws; the Epilog Laser Fusion M2 laser cutter; and the Zortrax and formLabs 3D printers), students will design a series of models before assembling a final product with moving parts that will mimic a living organism.

This program is ideal for those students who are not afraid to fail, those who dare to challenge themselves to hone the skills of exploration, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking.


Tovi Spero, Instructor in Physics

Tovi Spero comes to Lakeville from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in New Jersey, where he taught courses in honors and advanced topics physics. Prior to that, Mr. Spero taught physics and astronomy at Cranford High School in New Jersey, and he is a part-time lecturer in physics and engineering at Rutgers University and Rutgers’s Graduate School of Education. His work with current and future science teachers at Rutgers has focused on incorporating engineering into classrooms in coordination with the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as math, science, and engineering integration. Mr. Spero has also chaperoned student trips, most recently to Japan, and has advised various student clubs and fundraisers.