I wonder how we get rangatahi excited about STEM?

The Wonder Project is Engineering New Zealand’s not-for-profit, free programme for schools, designed to inspire young Kiwis with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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STEM learning reinvented

Aotearoa is facing a skills and diversity shortfall across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM professionals are essential to driving major innovations and progress for our motu. So, to protect our future, we need more of them. Enter the Wonder Project.

The Wonder Project is a series of New Zealand Curriculum-aligned programmes for Year 5–13 ākonga. Supported by volunteer STEM professionals, our programmes deliver sustained engagement with STEM that’s fun, engaging and accessible. Our mission? All ākonga are empowered to achieve remarkable things at school, in their communities, and their future careers.

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I wonder how rockets fly?

Rocket Challenge

Level 3, Year 5–6

Houston, we have lift off! Ākonga 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 rōpū.

Next Challenge: Term 2 2025

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I wonder how to power a brighter future?

Power Challenge

Level 4, Year 7–8

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

Next Challenge: Term 3 2025

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I wonder how to support the journey of wai?

Water Challenge

Level 4, Year 7–8

Ready, set, flow! Ākonga construct and test a mini model of Aotearoa New Zealand's wai network. They'll explore the journey of wai and how STEM is used to collect, clean, connect and care for one of Earth’s most precious taonga.

Pilot programme: Term 3 2024



I wonder what the future holds?

STEM Careers

Year 7–13

The future is bright! Ākonga 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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Ingke Guthrie

St Mary’s Catholic School

"After doing the Wonder Project, I think STEM is amazing! I am more interested in a STEM job now because I’ve actually heard people explain it really well."

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Explore how to make a real difference in young Kiwis’ lives.



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STEM professionals

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