Firstly, thanks a lot for teaching this class, Jonathan! It has really been eye-opening to the possibilities of melody creation using structure. As a fan of biomemetics, I do believe borrowing from nature is a smart thing to do :)
In this project, I have incorporated a motif (trees) and some tension (muscles) using minor chords and higher notes, and release by ending the melody on the 7th note leading back to the first note of the key to resolve it.
I plan to incorporate other techniques such as counterpoints and harmonies with vocals later on!
Looking forward to more quality content from you, cheers!