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Create a custom challenge

Bespoke challenge development provides organisations the opportunity to engage with rangatahi on topics important to them, while delivering key STEM learning aligned to the curriculum. The development process provides the opportunity for your STEM professionals to be part of the challenge design.

The Wonder Project makes things happens for Kiwi kids. By changing their perceptions and building their confidence with science and technology, we can open up a world of possibility for their future. But we can’t do this without partners who have a shared belief in the critical importance of this for our Aotearoa.

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Challenge criteria

We want to add new challenges to our suite, so kaiako can continue to bring fun STEM learning experiences into the classroom. We’re currently targeting ākonga in Years 5–8 (ages 8–13). All Wonder Project challenges need to:

  • Be fun, hands-on and project-based
  • Use science, maths and technology to solve problems
  • Have a future-focused mindset
  • Teach STEM skills, including problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork
  • Be pedagogically sound with scaffolded learning aligned to the New Zealand curriculum
  • Incorporate te ao Māori and work in kura kaupapa
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Development phases

In year one, we go through discovery and development, and run a pilot of the new challenge in schools. In year two we refine the challenge and develop all the materials in full Wonder Project style, ready for a national roll-out.


We kōrero about the potential for a challenge and the long-term investment required, and then asses if the potential challenge will meet our criteria.


We develop a high-level challenge concept and work with STEM professionals, kaiako, te ao Māori experts and your people to refine this and set the direction of the modules.


We build the challenge concept out into ākonga, kaiako and ambassador resources, getting input from experts along the way.


We run a pilot programme in 20 classes representing a mix of ākonga and kaiako, to test against the challenge criteria.

Review and roll-out

We review the challenge based on feedback and make refinements before planning a larger roll-out in schools.

Ready to get started?

We'd love to have a chat about how we can work together!

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