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.

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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

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

Teach

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

Submit

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

The Youth Design Challenge is supported by: