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Award Winners


Meet the 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 didn't let social distancing stop them from designing solutions to address some of the worlds biggest climate challenges. 

Read the award recipient announcement here.

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY


DESIGN CYCLE AWARD: Black Carbon Keeper

The Black Carbon Keeper is a design concept to capture black carbon emissions from wood stoves and sequester it through mycelium remediation. Read more here.

PROBLEM DEFINITION AWARD: Morpho Brick

The MorphoBrick is a building material concept, inspired by the Morpho butterfly, that changes its color and reflectivity in response to temperature.
Read more here.

NATURALIST AWARD:
The Current Cleanser

The Current Cleanser extracts common pollutants from flowing water using the principle of countercurrent multiplication observed in numerous organisms including fishes’ gills and the human kidneyRead more here.

CHANGEMAKER AWARD: Tidal Twister

The Tidal Twister seeks to address coastline erosion on the Chesapeake Bay by reducing wave turbulence and encouraging the return of oysters and eelgrass. Read more here.

STORYTELLER AWARD: BioBRICKery Team

This solution is a carbon-sequestering mud brick, inspired by calcium carbonate-producing marine organisms, the use of hexagons for strength found in multiple organisms, and a freeze-resistant arctic fishRead more here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CATEGORY

NATURALIST AWARD:
The Adapto-Panel

 The Adapto-Panel is a concept for a solar panel designed to maintain efficiency by reflecting excess sunlight when it gets too hotRead more here.

CHANGEMAKER AWARD: Teardrop Resistance

The Teardrop Residence is an amphibious shelter that rests on the ground under normal conditions but can float whenever a flood occursRead more here.

DESIGN CYCLE AWARD: Frost Safe Wind Turbine

Inspired by mint and lotus leaves, this team came up with a solution that could prevent drag-inducing frost from building up on wind turbine blades. 
Read more here.

PROBLEM DEFINITION AWARD: Project RED

Project RED proposes a maple seed inspired seed-carrier that could be released from airplanes to then float to the ground on wing-like propellers. 
Read more here.

STORYTELLER AWARD: Coral Mangrove Dolos

The Coral Mangrove Dolos is a concept for a new type of dolos that provides similar protection, without the environmental footprint of concrete, while also helping to rebuild coral reefs.             Read more here.

Past Award Winners

Browse YDC winners and honorable mentions from past Challenges in our Biomimicry Solutions Gallery.


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