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Power Challenge

Year 7–8
Term 3 2021

Power up! Over 6 weeks in Term 3, students design and build a wind turbine and light up their town of the future with the support of their teacher and a Wonder Project Ambassador. Along the way they discover the amazing phenomena of electricity and renewable energy. Students need to use teamwork and creativity to keep the lights on, the schools open and the hospitals running!

We pair schools with STEM professionals where available, to support their teaching and provide resources to successfully run the programme. The programme has been designed to align with Level 4 of the teaching curriculum.

In partnership with Transpower, this challenge will be piloted to selected schools in 2021.

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    Creative thinking
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    Renewable energy
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    Problem Solving

How it Works

Teachers and STEM professionals register their interest to take part. They must be available to participate in Term 3. We then send some extra information and contact ambassadors to assess their suitability. The next step is to complete some basic online training, before being matched with a local school or STEM professional. We then send out access to our online learning hub, and courier our free power packs to your door!

  • 1
    Register your interest online
  • 2
    Receive more information from us
  • 3
    Complete basic training online
  • 4
    Get matched with a local school or STEM professional
  • 5
    Inspire students with the Power Challenge

Power Challenge Teachers

Getting your class involved is easy. Simply sign up online – each teacher that wants their class to participate needs to register. Then we'll be in touch with more information and a link to some short online training on the Power Challenge before we match you with a local STEM professional who will be your Wonder Project Ambassador.

Before the end of Term 2, you'll receive access to our online learning hub with the challenge modules, and your free power pack! We allow one kit for each class.

Your power pack will include everything you need to build your turbine and power a town. You'll need to supply your own recycled materials for building a turbine.

You'll need to allow 1–2 hours per week for 6–8 weeks to complete the challenge. Your ambassador will be available for an hour a week, so use their time wisely!

Learn more about being a Wonder Project teacher

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Power Challenge Ambassadors

If you're a STEM professional, we'd love you to join our network of Wonder Project Ambassadors. You'll get all the training you need to support a teacher in their classroom for the Power Challenge. Induction training gets you up to speed with all things Wonder Project. Then specific Power Challenge training gives you lots of tips for engaging with kids on tricky subjects and troubleshooting electronic mishaps. There's no need to be an engineer to get involved! Our online learning hub will also support you throughout the challenge with modules that guide you, teachers and students.

It's easy to get involved – simply sign up online. We'll get in touch to discuss what's involved and get you started with online training. We'll then match you with a local participating school.

The challenge takes students 1–2 hours per week for 6–8 weeks to complete, but you only need to be available for an hour a week.

Learn more about being a Wonder Project Ambassador

Sign up now


Programme overview coming soon!

Join the Power Challenge!

Sign ups for the Power Challenge are now open for Term 3 2022!

Sign up now