Genius is All Around Us

Computer software inspired by ants? Cancer-fighting strategies learned from crabs? Plastics made from thin air?

The way we’ve done things since the Industrial Revolution is changing. Today, a new revolution is taking shape, one in which humans are learning from the rest of the natural world how to invent technologies that not only are astonishing, that not only perform competitively, but also work with the planet instead of against it.

Humans, finally, are learning how to fit in and flourish.

Welcome to the extraordinary world of innovation inspired by Nature.

A Great Way to Teach Engineering.

Engineering Inspired by Nature is a fascinating, solution-oriented, cutting-edge curriculum to teach engineering and design.

A project-based approach to creative problem-solving, students along the way learn fundamentals and modern methods used by engineering and design professionals in material science, structural and mechanical engineering, product design, manufacturing, energy, computer science, medical technology, architecture, urban design, and more… and they learn it in a way that leaves them energized and inspired.

Examples of Nature-Inspired Innovation

Crab-Inspired Anti-Cancer Strategy

Crab-Inspired Anti-Cancer Strategy

Artificial Leaf

Artificial Leaf

Mushroom Based Foam

Mushroom Based Foam

Improved Prosthetic Foot Based on Human Biomechanics

Improved Prosthetic Foot Based on Human Biomechanics

Secret of Trees

Secret of Trees

Tumbleweed Minesweeper

Tumbleweed Minesweeper

Curing Blood Infections with Spleen-inspired Devices

Curing Blood Infections with Spleen-inspired Devices

Tougher Materials Inspired By Mantis Shrimp

Tougher Materials Inspired By Mantis Shrimp

Promising Results, Empirically Demonstrated.

Students and teachers rave about the course. In our public school pilot testing, over 5x as many students reported being more interested in engineering after the course than report an interest in engineering nationwide. For female students, an underrepresented group in engineering professions, engineering interest jumped to over 38x the national average.

And 80% of students reported being more interested in sustainability after the course.

Everything You Need For School.

  • Modular and scalable to fit different school curricula needs and structures, up to 30-50 hrs of material. For example, the course can supplement and enrich existing courses, be used as a stand-alone engineering and design course, and be taught daily or intermittently over a month or throughout the semester or year.
  • Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. For a detailed view, see the standards alignment document in the FAQ section.
  • Can be taught as a learning progression across K-12. For upper elementary grades, see our Earth Innovators program.
  • Everything you need to start teaching and inspiring the next generation.

“The course was amazing, don’t change anything.”