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Engineering with mushrooms

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Science Middle School

Engineering Design Turns Mushrooms into Foam

In this story we hear from the head of Ecovative, a company that uses mycelium fibers from fungi to create useful and environmentally-friendly products. The audio story discusses the advantages of using mycelium fibers in place of plastics and foams, as well as the challenges faced by the inventors in trying to create useful products. The Engineering design process is described, as well as how scientists used this process to get to where they are today. Students will get to explore the properties of Ecovative’s products, and evaluate their usefulness. Listen to this story and think about the idea of technological trade-offs.

Life Science Physical Science Environment Engineering

Story Length: 5:15

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AIR DATE: 05/23/2013

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