Have you ever seen a school of fish swimming or a large flock of birds flying and wondered how they act in unison so gracefully?

This fascinating process is called emergent behavior, and scientists at Harvard are using tiny swarming robots to study this remarkable natural phenomenon.

Swarming robots can give us a lot of insight into some of the curious ways things interact. From cells to lightning bugs, animals like this interact in unison without a clear form of communication.

Here’s the incredible YouTube channel that highlights some truly incredible things, Deep Look, to introduce us to these remarkable robots.

Via: Deep Look 1
We’ve paired this video with thought-provoking discussion questions perfect for the classroom in this touchstone on our education platform, EWCed!

Think of the endless possibility these robots unlock!

In helping us learn about the natural world, they give us infinite inspiration for innovation across fields and disciplines.

The Kilobot is an amazing tool for experimentation and discovery. Imagine if we brought this kind of technology into schools and used it to explore, first-hand, some of nature’s most fascinating phenomena. Better yet, what would happen if students were given the opportunity to experiment and create with the robots? What ideas would they come up with?

Nature can be our greatest source of inspiration. The more we learn about the incredible ways it works from the very smallest organisms to the largest ecosystems, the more we arm ourselves with the knowledge that can inform better decisions but spur on more creative innovation.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing


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  1. “Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature? | Deep Look.” YouTube. Deep Look, 21 July 2015. Web. 19 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDsmbwOrHJs>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV