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?
This class will also be offered in our Winter-Spring term, from Feb. 10 - Mar. 17, 1 - 3:30 PM, Six Sundays, at PSU. The information session for that class will be held at PSU on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 1-2 PM (room TBD), and the optional work session for that class will be Sunday, Mar. 24 from 1 - 3:30 PM. Our Winter-Spring term will go live in early November. Please check back for further information.
Please note: This class begins on October 28th. A scheduling error previously had it starting October 21st.
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.