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I wonder how we ignite creativity in young Kiwis?

The Wonder Project is Engineering New Zealand’s free programme for schools, designed to get young Kiwis excited about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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STEM works wonders

The Wonder Project is a series of hands-on programmes that seamlessly knit into the New Zealand school curriculum. They’re designed to spark wonder and awe in young Kiwis from Year 5–13 and get them excited about a future STEM career.

In New Zealand, there’s a huge skills shortfall in STEM. We simply don’t have enough young people pursuing careers in these fields. These jobs pay well, are secure – and you don't always have to go to university. The Wonder Project aims to change this shortfall by taking young Kiwis on a creative, dynamic and fun STEM journey.

Engineering New Zealand pairs teachers with STEM professionals across New Zealand to build confidence in students so they can achieve remarkable things at school, in their communities, and in their future careers.

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I wonder how rockets fly?

Rocket Challenge

Level 3, Year 5–6

Houston, we have lift off! Students blast off into STEM by designing, building and launching their own water rocket. While the rockets are flying, they’ll learn about Newton’s laws, the engineering design process, and working as a team.

Next Challenge: Term 2 2022

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I wonder how we power a brighter future?

Power Challenge

Level 4, Year 7–8

Power up! Students design and build a wind turbine and light up their town of the future. Along the way they’ll discover the amazing phenomena of electricity and renewable energy, and learn how teamwork can keep the lights on.

Next Challenge: Term 3 2022

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I wonder how to grow food sustainably?

Plant Challenge

Level 4, Year 7–8

Let’s grow! Students work together to experiment, test and build a microgreen farm of the future. They'll learn what plants need to grow, build a hydroponic grow house and use technology to measure their success.

Next Challenge: Term 4 2022

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I wonder what the future holds?

STEM Careers

Year 7–13

The future is bright! Students are inspired to keep taking science and maths subjects through college, and given a taste of the real world with industry visits and motivating career talks from STEM professionals.

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Curious? Help us spark wonder

If you’re a passionate teacher or STEM professional, we want you in the Wonder Project.

By donating a bit of your time, you’ll inspire a student for a lifetime.

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