Biomimicry and Science: Design Challenge


This collection of lessons is an excerpt from Biomimicry and Science: Applying Nature’s Strategies, a high school curriculum by the Biomimicry Institute and EcoRise Youth Innovations.

We are excited to offer this Biomimicry Design Challenge Module to teachers working with students who are entering the Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge or pursuing a similar long-term biomimicry project, such as a Capstone. This material is free to use for non-commercial educational purposes. All other uses are restricted without prior permission from the copyright holders.


The lessons in the Biomimicry Design Challenge Module blend biomimicry teaching strategies and educational materials created by the Biomimicry Institute with EcoRise’s Design Studio, a program that teaches design thinking for the K–12 classroom. For more information about resources from the Institute, visit For more information about Design Studio, visit

Grow your biomimicry program with the complete curriculum!

The complete curriculum, Biomimicry and Science: Applying Nature’s Strategies, includes 15 unique and engaging biomimicry-based science lessons (five for each of three core areas: chemistry, physics, and biology) with additional resources, and this Biomimicry Challenge Module. For more information and to purchase the full Biomimicry and Science curriculum, visit