What is the Purple Plow?

The Purple Plow 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 it for you?

The Purple Plow is a great fit for individuals, groups, and 5th through 8th grade classes. It’s perfect for maker spaces, after school programs, in-school lessons, 4-H clubs, library learning, scout troops and more!

Watch this short video to learn more

Current Challenge

January 1st – May 1st 2018

Many people think food security is a problem that only affects third world countries. However, this is not the case. More than 42 million Americans live in food insecure households. Often, we think of individuals that are living with food insecurity to be homeless or easy to identify, yet they could be your neighbor or even a classmate.
Are you ready to help solve this problem? Check out the current challenge page for the spring challenge that runs January 1st – May 1st!

Recent Challenge Winners

From the Save The Soil Challenge
August – November, 2017

Team 1
West Central Middle School Library Makerspace
Hartford, SD
Educator: DaNann Kistler

Team Erosion, No Eroding
Port Orange, FL
Educator: Priya Muthukumaravelu

Team 11
Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School
Laupāhoehoe, Hawaiʻi
Educator: Aaron Mickelson