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.READ MORE ABOUT OUR WINNERS
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Youth Design Challenge Winner Takes the Stage
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.
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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).
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How it Works
Coaches/teachers register for the Challenge (students cannot join independently) and may facilitate multiple teams.
Get access to the challenge curriculum, biomimicry resources, and more.
Incorporate the Challenge into your class or co-curricular activities.
“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