Announcing the 2019 Winners!

From a beehive and Grama grass-inspired porous surface that drains, captures, and partially filters excess water in flood-prone areas, to a Javan cucumber seed-inspired tidal kite that generates electricity, learn how the winners of the 2019 Youth Design Challenge looked to nature to create solutions to climate change.

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This generation of problem-solvers will be the key to keeping our planet healthy and thriving. We look forward to growing our network of young innovators as we prepare for next year's challenge. Check back in September for more details and sign up to be alerted when registration re-opens for the 2019-2020 season.

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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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How it works

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

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