Nature's Solutions
are All Around Us

The YDC offers tools and resources to make it easier 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.

Registration for the 2019-2020 Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge is now closed. Join our mailing list today to be notified of Challenge updates and when registration re-opens for the 2020-2021 season!

Latest News

Youth Design Challenge Winner Takes the Stage
at Bioneers

What would our world look like if we had an education system with environmental literacy deeply embedded, and how does biomimicry give youth a means to take control of their own future? In this presentation, a YDC team member speaks about their biomimicry inspiration onstage at Bioneers 2019.


About the Challenge

The Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge (YDC) is a project-based learning experience that asks middle and high school students 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).


How it Works

Register Online

Coaches/teachers register for the Challenge (students cannot join independently) and may facilitate 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: