Biomimicry blog competition

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.

– Leonardo da Vinci

Calling all budding science communicators!

Biomimicry Blog Competition

Victorian students of Years 10–12, this is your opportunity to get published! GTAC is inviting you to submit a blog that discusses your favourite example of biomimicry. In researching your blog, you could start with a biological adaptation and explore possible applications for it. Alternatively, you might identify an engineering problem and seek a biological solution to it. Your blog also provides an opportunity to discuss how biology intersects with other disciplines (e.g., physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics).

Here’s what to do:

Register as a student and log onto the GTAC website. Click here to register.

Register your interest in entering the competition. You will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to submit your biomimicry blog.

Prepare your submission (up to 500 words) on your favourite example of biomimicry, addressing the following points:

  • What is the engineering problem?
  • What was the biological organism, structure, or process that the solution was designed from?
  • How has the engineering solution emulated the biological form/design/entity?
  • How does the biology combine with other disciplines?
  • Why do you find this example of biomimicry particularly fascinating or innovative?

Your blog must also include references. The references do not count toward the 500 word limit. To help you get started, see GTAC’s hints and tips for writing for the general public and citing references.

Submit your blog to GTAC following the instructions given in the acknowledgement email.

Competition closes on Monday, 25th June 2018. Entries must be received by 4 pm on that date.

Click here to read previous winning entries.

 

Prizes

For the student:

Publication, the highest compliment paid to an author!

GTAC will judge all entries and select one entry for publication on its website. The student blog will appear on the GTAC website in July 2018. The student will be acknowledged by their first name, an initial for their surname, and their school.
The author of the published entry will also receive an individual prize.

For the school:

There will also be a prize for the school of the winning student.

Images

GTAC will select an appropriate image to accompany your blog. If you supply an image for your blog (e.g. an explanatory diagram) that is sourced from the internet please provide the URL from which it came so GTAC can determine if it is restricted by copyright.

 

Click here to register your interest

 

Click here to view the competition terms and conditions