Design Nature is an introduction to mechanical design and prototyping. We take nature as a theme and develop bio-inspired ideas into functional prototypes. Students complete individual and team projects in a studio environment where we seek to develop a shared practice and understanding of engineering design. Projects include mechanisms that hop, swim, and climb. The final project is a toy designed to be fun for 10 year olds. To evaluate these projects, we bring in a 4th grade class from a local school. All students take Design Nature in the first semester.