Youth Design Challenge

Youth Design Challenge


Announcing the 2018 Youth Design Challenge pilot program winners! Click here to learn more about the winning teams in the gallery.

We anticipate launching the full program in Fall 2018.  Join the Youth Challenge mailing list below to receive future updates.


Teach STEM concepts while connecting your students to nature through the Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge. The Biomimicry Institute is developing a brand-new competition that challenges young people to design bio-inspired solutions to real-world sustainability problems. Working in teams with an adult coach, students explore the wonders of natural world and apply what they learn to create innovations that support a healthier planet. Prizes will be awarded for the best biomimetic design concepts in two grade divisions: middle school (US equivalent 6-8th grade), and high school (US equivalent 9-12th grade).


Educators are always on the lookout for creative, fun, and effective ways to engage their students in life science, engineering, design, and sustainability topics. Biomimicry provides a fascinating, interdisciplinary lens on these topics while integrating 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. The Youth Challenge gives classroom and informal educators a framework to introduce biomimicry to students, providing a great context for STEM learning and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), while encouraging students to learn more about and develop solutions to fight climate change. We hope that students who engage in the Youth Challenge will not only learn about nature-inspired design, but will also develop a sense of hope and agency toward solving many of the critical challenges faced by their generation.