Unveiling Our 2021 YDC Winners!
From a mangrove and coral reef-inspired device to protect coastlines, to a building material inspired by the Morpho butterfly, these youth innovators haven’t let social distancing stop them from designing solutions to address some of the world’s biggest climate challenges.Explore the Winning Ideas Here
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 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.
“My students learned to delegate responsibilities and to act as a cohesive design team, but probably more importantly, they became aware of design solutions from the natural world.”
Harley School, Rochester, NY
“The Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge was a fantastic way for my students to think outside-the-box to generate solutions to climate change.”
Principia School, St. Louis, MO
“Designing a working prototype empowered [my students] to believe that they are capable of making a significant contribution towards reducing the effects of climate change.”
Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2), Columbia, SC