2022-2023 Youth Design Challenge is now open!

Educators, we are excited to introduce the new and improved YDC curriculum—all based on feedback we heard from you. We look forward to having you and your students participate in this year's YDC!

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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.


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 critical real-world problems. 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 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. 

The Youth Design Challenge is supported by: