Spider Silk

Spider Silk


“The spiders, they feel like, just right at home.” “They just live here. They don’t do any harm.” “This Golden Orb Weaver Silk is one of the strongest
natural fibers in the world.” “It is incredibly elastic and ounce per ounce, stronger
than steel.” “As a research biologist, I’m really interested in ‘why
is is to strong at this period of time…'” “…and not so strong at this period of time.” “So we are able to actually test it in the field right now.” “So we take it out of the spider and then put it on our
field tensile lab…” “Which tests the strength.” “We record that, we record environmental data…” “…and then we just, you know, repeat.” “I just think it’s great. I’ve learned a lot from it.” “Once you get into a project-based learning
system like this…” “…you really get a lot from it.” “Collaboration is probably one of the biggest things.” “And that’s a skill they’ll take with them forever.” “I’m so incredibly proud of them and
watching their confidence grow…” “…is, I get a charge out of watching them
try new things and…” “…work out of their safety net and be ok with that.” “It’s just cool watching them. It’s just so cool.”

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