Christopher Gaw and Anapuma Joseph, both biochemistry students at Ohio State University, collaborated on a lesson plan in biomimetics that uses the home of the humble honeybee. "The shape of beehives is something kids know about, but they don't understand why it's important," says Gaw. By building a beehive's hexagonal structures from paper that can support many times a human's own weight, students get a clear lesson in what makes these shapes so strong. Joseph says that the hands-on approach is important because it can inspire younger kids who might not respond to just talking and memorizing. "I'm a learner who likes to have something to touch in front of me," says Joseph. "I strongly believe that if you orient students toward this sort of thing, you can get anyone interested."