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Plant Challenge

Level 4, Year 7–8
Term 4

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.

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    Plant Science
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    Sustainable food growth
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    Design thinking
Farm of future

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.

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    Register your interest online
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    Complete easy online training
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    Get matched with a local school or STEM professional
  • 4
    Receive free plant kit
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    Inspire students with the Plant Challenge

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.

Learn more about being a Wonder Project Ambassador

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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!

Learn more about being a Wonder Project teacher

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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 open for Term 4 2023.

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