Announcing Our
2020 Winners!

From an evaporative cooling system inspired by the Texas Horned Lizard to protecting coral reefs with a solution inspired by tree canopies and Orb Weaver Spiders, this year’s YDC champions are worthy of celebration for their curiosity, ingenuity, and creative problem-solving.


Sign Up for Next Year's Challenge Now!

Sign up to be alerted when our Youth Design Challenge re-opens in mid August of 2020. When you join the mailing list, you will also receive resources to help you start planning for the school year.

We look forward to growing our network of young innovators as we prepare for next year's challenge. This generation of problem-solvers will be the key to keeping our planet healthy and thriving.

Latest News

Youth Design Challenge Winner Takes the Stage
at Bioneers

What would our world look like if we had an education system with environmental literacy deeply embedded, and how does biomimicry give youth a means to take control of their own future? In this presentation, a YDC team member speaks about their biomimicry inspiration onstage at Bioneers 2019.


About the Challenge

The Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge (YDC) is a project-based learning experience that asks middle and high school students 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).


How it Works

Register Online

Coaches/teachers register for the Challenge (students cannot join independently) and may facilitate 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 Youth Design Challenge is supported by: