Teach Youth to Learn from Nature
Registration for the Youth Design Challenge is now open for the 2021-2022 program cycle. Access to engaging and newly updated instructional models aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available.REGISTER NOW
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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.
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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 the climate crisis. 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).
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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.
“It was fun to collaborate with teammates to solve a problem. I also learned about how nature can change our world.”
“YDC is superior to any STEM curriculum I observed in my career as a public school teacher.”
“Working with groups made me feel like I made an impact on the world.”