Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge (YDC) is a free project-based learning experience created to introduce middle and high school students to nature-inspired design. The YDC offers tools and resources to make it easy for educators to build creative and engaging learning experiences that strengthen critical thinking skills for their students. We’re providing a clear framework that meets science standards and enables students to solve real-world and local sustainability problems.

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From a beehive and Grama grass-inspired porous surface that drains, captures, and partially filters excess water in flood-prone areas, to a Javan cucumber seed-inspired tidal kite that generates electricity, learn how YDC participants looked to nature to create solutions to climate change.

Access to these materials has revitalized my ecology unit and made it so much more relevant, purposeful, and exciting for students. It has enabled the unit to become a PBL experience and has heightened student engagement. I feel that I am giving them more tools and a framework to address the problems their generation will need to solve.

Biomimicry is so broad, and it was so fun to be able to work within a small group of girls to tackle an issue that environmental or general engineers face daily.

What I liked most about the design challenge was getting to collaborate with my peers, and think critically and effectively to solve a problem.

Our students were very proud to have completed a project of this magnitude. They saw their ability to take this project from the idea stage to a polished presentation. They gained skills in several areas: scientific knowledge, research, creative design, video production, and presentation.

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We believe that the widespread adoption of nature-inspired solutions will catalyze a new era in design and business that benefits both people and the planet. Let’s make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing. We hope you will join us.

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