What is the Biodesign Challenge?
The University of CIncinnati's Biodesign Challenge (BDC) Course, ENED 3050 is part of the international The Biodesign Challenge which is an education program and competition that is shaping the first generation of biodesigners. The competition provides curriculum support and a competitive summit for high school and university students to partner with with scientists, artists, and designers to envision, create, and critique transformational applications in biotech. The social context of problem solving is connected to the United Nations Sustainability Goals. Each university holds a course and selects a winning team of 4 students to enter the international competition in June, held in NYC or virtually as world conditions dictate.
Who should take the Biodesign Challenge course?
We welcome University Honors students from ALL majors and areas of interest. You do NOT need biology, design, engineering, or art experience. We will guide you with the tools, processes, and resources you will need. You will need to bring a curious mind, the desire to innovate, and a collaborative mindset to the course. If you are not an University Honors student and interested, please contact us, depending on enrollment and your GPA we may be able to add you.
What is the difference between Sticky Innovation and the Biodesign Challenge?
Sticky Innovation is a Fall course (availalbe Fall 2021) taught with a similar pedagogical approach to creative innovation and centered on the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder and Bees. Students from Sticky Innovation may take BDC in the Spring
Will I get to take part in the international Biodesign Challenge Competition in June 2021?
You will be part of a team formed during the spring class session and compete to win at the UC level to move on to the international competition in the summer. In the future Sticky Innovation teams from the Fall may be considered based on team performances.