Planting Seeds for the Year Ahead

Our third year of the Youth Design Challenge will provide enhanced instructional guidance and resources to make it easier than ever for educators to incorporate biomimicry into their classrooms. The Challenge will follow a customized GreenSTEM instructional approach and address UN Sustainable Development Goals so that learners can design biomimicry solutions to local sustainability problems. 

New resources and instructional support materials will become available when registration re-opens on November 1st. Start planning for the upcoming year now and sign up to be alerted to when our Challenge registration re-opens.

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About the Challenge

The YDC is a GreenSTEM competition that asks middle and high school students to design bio-inspired solutions to a local sustainability problem that affects the global climate. 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 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 Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge was a fantastic way for my students to think outside-the-box as to generate solutions to climate change.”

Lynne Scott
Principia School, St. Louis, MO

The Youth Design Challenge is supported by: