Scientists are studying the appendages of the mantis shrimp which are extremely strong but light weight. Engineers are interested in studying the design of the mantis shrimp appendage and applying similar principles to developing high-tech military armour that would be light weight yet strong. This is another example of biomimicry, how man is borrowing models from nature in designing new innovations. To read more details check out the following article in the Engineer.
When conducting STEM teacher training workshops, I always introduce teachers to the principles of biomimicry. Not only are biomimicry practices the foundation of STEM education,when teachers introduce K-12 students to the principles of biomimicry it helps to develop and strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the students.