We’re on a mission to empower the next generation of innovators. You in?

Our series of project-based programmes are designed to inspire Year 5–13 rangatahi with the wonders of STEM. Knitting seamlessly into the NZ Curriculum, programmes are hands-on, super fun and engaging and available to any school in Aotearoa, totally free.

We design everything to be accessible for all ākonga across Aotearoa and aspire to bridge the gap of women, Māori and Pacific Peoples working in STEM fields.


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Rocket Challenge

Houston, we have lift off! Ākonga blast off into STEM by designing, building and launching a water rocket. They’ll learn about Newton’s laws, the engineering design process, and working as a rōpū.

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Power Challenge

Power up! Ākonga design and build a wind turbine and work as a rōpū to light up their own mini town. Along the way they discover the amazing phenomenon of electricity and renewable energy.

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Water Challenge

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 running Term 3 2024

How our challenges work

  • 1
    Register your interest online
  • 2
    Watch videos to prepare
  • 3
    Get matched with a class or STEM professional
  • 4
    Receive free challenge resources
  • 5
    Inspire ākonga with STEM

Other offerings

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STEM Careers

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

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Career videos

Meet your new inspiration! Hear the career stories of wonder-ful Kiwis across Aotearoa doing incredible things with STEM.

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Shop resources

Keep the learning going! Support young Kiwis with our all-ages A–Z book on engineering concepts and free STEM career pathway information.

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