Biomimicry: Biology to Design

Date(s) & Location(s):
June 10 - 28, 2024 in Durham, NC (In-person portion starts June 23rd)
June 24 - July 12, 2024 in Durham, NC (In-person portion starts July 7th)
July 8 - 26, 2024 in Durham, NC (In-person portion starts July 21st)
Grades Eligible:
Rising  10th 11th 12th
Course Description:

“Biomimicry: Nature-inspired Design” is a project-based, hands-on learning experience that asks highschoolers to design bio-inspired ideas that provide solutions to important real-world challenges. Learners will explore biology’s functionality, through direct observation and research, then transform selected strategies into an innovative engineering design while working collaboratively in teams. 


Learners will explore the traits and strategies of living things for design inspiration. They will reflect on and present their solutions in writing, imagery, and/or via video pitch. Learners will investigate a problem connected to global sustainability issues and will create and refine a design innovation. Students will demonstrate progress of learning through a celebration culmination by presenting their discoveries of biology, how the biology inspired their solution, what their solution does, and who might benefit from it in the real-world.

Leigh Aultman