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.
Operating in Term 4 each year, the Plant Challenge provides scaffolded learning aligned to Level 4 of the New Zealand school curriculum. Teachers are supported with detailed lesson plans, teaching material and resources, a free challenge kit, and where possible a volunteer industry ambassador to help them in areas they may not feel so confident.
How it works
Any teacher or industry STEM professional in Aotearoa can register their interest to take part. They must be available to participate in Term 4. They then complete some easy-peasy online training and we contact ambassadors to assess their suitability. Once ready to grow, we work to match every school and volunteer Wonder Project Ambassador so they can provide the best learning experience for students. We then send out access to our online Learning Hub packed with all the student learning content and teaching guides, and send out our epic free plant kits.
Plant 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 provide you with some basic training and try to match you with a local STEM professional who will be your Wonder Project Ambassador.
Before the end of Term 3, you'll receive access to our online Learning Hub with the 6 Plant Challenge modules, and your free plant kit! Your kit includes everything you need to grow your microgreens, and a sensor kit for your class. You'll need to supply your own recycled materials for a grow house and make some space in the classroom.
To complete the challenge, you'll need to allow 1–2 hours per week for 6–8 weeks. Your ambassador will be available for at least 3 hours during the challenge, so use their time wisely!
Plant 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 Plant Challenge. There's no need to be a green thumb 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, send you a criminal conviction declaration to complete, 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 at least 3 hours during the challenge to visit the classroom.
Overview of the programme
Learn about the modules and what students will learn during the Plant Challenge.Programme overview (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Being a Plant Challenge ambassador
Learn more about being a Plant Challenge ambassador or share with your employer.STEM professional overview (PDF, 615.2 KB)
Join the Plant Challenge!
Registrations for the Plant Challenge are now open for Term 4 2022!