Prepare for the 2019 Institute of Biomimicry Challenge! Investigate the engineering marvels found within nature and apply them to solve problems faced by humankind, such as climate change. For example, termites in Africa build homes that are cool by design; scientists have studied their structures and engineered a building that is cooled naturally using the same design principles. Rise to the challenge and design nature-inspired solutions to real-world sustainability problems. Working in teams with an adult coach, you will explore real-world examples of biomimicry engineering and apply this to plan innovations that support a healthier planet. The Biomimicry Design Challenge is your chance to submit YOUR nature-inspired invention idea to the national contest for a chance to win the $1000 grand prize. What pressing problem would you like to solve? What genius design of nature will inspire your solution? Please note: This class is more brains-on than hands-on; the final project--the design challenge submission--is a design rather than a prototype.
Free Information Session: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1 - 2 PM, at the University of Portland, Shiley Hall, rm. 101. (strongly encouraged).
Free supervised work session: Sunday, January 6, 2019, 1 - 4 PM, at the University of Portland, optional.
For more information about the challenge, visit the Institute of Biomimicry Challenge.