DESIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Biomimicry Poster Contest!
What is biomimicry? Biomimicry is the concept of seeking sustainable solutions to human challenges by imitating nature’s time tested strategies. “Bio” = life and “mimic” = imitate. Putting the words together we get imitating life, or more specifically, emulating biological functions and behaviors found in the natural world to solve social, environmental, and technological challenges. Nature offers some of the best ideas –because it has been perfecting its designs in the face of change for billions of years! A few examples of biomimicry found in every day life include:
- Airplane wings inspired by bird’s wings
- Solar panels inspired by photosynthetic capabilities of plant leaves
- High-speed bullet trains inspired by the Kingfisher bird’s beak
- Drag-reducing, racing swimsuits inspired by shark skin
POSTER CONTEST (Grades K-6)
Let’s learn about biomimicry!
Research an example of biomimicry. Create a poster to showcase the nature-inspired design. Explain why it is an example of biomimicry and why it interests you.
POSTER CONTEST (Grades 7-12)
Let’s get innovative!
Think of a social, environmental, or technological challenge that could be solved by imitating an organism or natural system. Create a poster to showcase your idea/design and explain how it solves the problem.
Need help getting started? Check out the following biomimicry websites!
There are FIVE Prize categories
First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. All awards are gift cards.
First place winners will receive $75, second place $50, and third place will receive $25. Kindergarten winners will receive a $10 award for all places.
1.Create your poster using an unlined 8½” x 11” or 11” x 17” white piece of paper(s).
2.Use crayons, colored pencils, pens, markers or watercolors only; No chalk. Posters must be drawn free-hand: no tracing or pre-fabricated drawings will be accepted.
3.Written content can be typed or hand-written (on the same or separate sheet). There is no word limit.
4.Posters must include the artist’s name, grade level, school, and telephone number on the back of the poster. Only one entry per student.
5.All entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, and relevance to theme.
6.All entries become the property of Lockheed Martin and MEEC.
7.Contest winners will be notified by phone and invited to attend the awards ceremony on Nov. 1st, 2017 from 5pm-6pm. Located at the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD), 43301 Division Street, Suite 206, Lancaster, CA 93535.
8. Entry deadline: Octpber 12, 2017. Entries may be mailed or delivered to: MEEC, 14306 Park Ave, Victorville, CA 92392.
For questions, please contact MEEC Program Specialist, Samantha Murray at 760-245-1661 ext. 6717 or firstname.lastname@example.org