Challenge your students to think in wild new ways!

Teach life science, engineering, design, and sustainability topics while connecting your students to nature through the Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge.


About the Challenge

The Youth Design Challenge is a competition that asks middle and high school students to design bio-inspired solutions to fight climate change. It gives classroom and informal educators a framework to introduce biomimicry to students, providing a great context for STEM learning and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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Meet the 2018 Winners

From an oriental hornet-inspired method to increase the efficiency of solar panels, to a Saharan silver ant-inspired roof designed to stay cool in extreme heat, to a kelp and fish-inspired method of generating energy and more, learn how the winners of the 2018 Youth Design Challenge looked to nature to create solutions to climate change.

Meet the Winning Teams

How it works

Register online

Coaches/teachers register for the Challenge (students cannot join independently) and may work with multiple teams.

Access resources

Get access to the challenge curriculum, biomimicry resources, and more.


Incorporate the Challenge into your class or co-curricular activities .

The Youth Design Challenge is supported by: