Youth Design Challenge

Discover the genius inside you by
exploring the genius around you

Want to teach your students about biomimicry? Want to get them excited and engaged by looking to the natural world for solutions? How about encouraging them to go outside and draw inspiration from nature to foster creativity, innovation, and scientific thinking?

There is no better way to learn about biomimicry than by doing it.

The Biomimicry Youth Challenge provides a fun framework for students and their teachers and parents/guardians to learn about biomimicry and how nature can help people to create more sustainable designs. When students see how much the natural world can teach us about designing for a healthier, more sustainable planet, their awe and respect for the natural world increases in ways that will last a lifetime.

How to Participate

In the past, the BYC has been held as a contest (see below), with the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute judging entries and providing prizes. We have since discontinued the competition part, and instead encourage youth educators to define their own Challenge using the wealth of materials we have available. These locally attuned activities may involve student teams coming up with biomimetic designs, hosting biomimicry-themed science fairs, exhibits, events, posters, or whatever works best for your students and setting.

  • Visit the Biomimicry Education Network (BEN)website and download the K-12 Educators’ Pathway and Resources toolkit to learn more about biomimicry and ways to share it with your students.
  • Browse these BYC Suggestions for ideas and tips on running a challenge with your students.
  • Look for further inspiration and information among other Curricula and Resources on BEN
  • At the end of your Challenge, no matter when that occurs, we encourage you to share your outcomes with other educators on the Biomimicry Education Network blog. You can submit your story here.

Past Challenges

Biomimicry Youth Challenge 2010-2011
Biomimicry Youth Challenge 2011-2012