What is the Challenge?

The Purple Plow Challenge encourages students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability and build their own prototypes to solve the defined problem. Resources provided for facilitators, students and volunteers are written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts.

Is this for you?

The Purple Plow Challenge is a great fit for individuals, groups, and classes in grades 6,7 and 8. It’s perfect for maker spaces, after school programs, in-school lessons, 4-H clubs, library learning, scout troops and more!

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Current Challenge: Room to Grow

The population of the world is increasing, but land available on the Earth is fixed. How can you contribute locally to solutions for these challenges? What type of growing structure could you create? Get a team together and design, build, and utilize a growing structure that can be used in your unique location or situation to help maximize the availability and access to food in this new Purple Plow challenge!

Spring 2017 Winners Announced!

Congratulations to these amazing middle school students. Each of these teams won a 3D printer and Visa gift card to help them buy supplies for their next maker challenge!

5th Grade GATES Class, Hatfield Elementary
Teacher: Rebecca Davis
Northwest ISD, Justin, TX

Canton R-V Team #6
Teacher: Lezlie Durst
Canton R-V School District, Canton, MO

LeRoy Junior High School
Teacher: Katie Buckley
LeRoy School District, LeRoy, IL