Meet the 2022 YDC Winners!

From urban flooding and stormwater management to increasing access to clean drinking water in drought-prone areas, the Biomimicry Institute’s 2021-22 Youth Design Challenge (YDC) winners have offered unique, nature-inspired ideas to solve local design challenges.

Meet the Winners

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The YDC guides learners through the creation of a biomimetic design using the MIMIC Instructional Approach. Each 5E instructional segment is one in the five phased MIMIC series.


About the Challenge

The Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge (YDC) is a project-based learning experience that asks middle and high school teams to design bio-inspired ideas that can provide solutions to critical real-world problems. It provides a framework for formal and informal educators to introduce biomimicry as an engineering design strategy, to integrate relevant purposeful STEM experiences, and to provide engaging instruction aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


How it Works


Register as a YDC "Coach" to get access to the Challenge curriculum.


Inspire your student team(s) with biomimicry and help them create a bio-inspired design. 


Share your students' best work by submitting to the competition for awards. 

The Youth Design Challenge is supported by: