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?

Purple Plow is a great fit for individuals and groups in middle school and high school. 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: Cattle Ranch Riddle

Are you ready to help solve this challenge?
Check out the current challenge that runs
August 15th – November 1st

People around the world consume beef, in particular in the United States. Every day, cattle ranching families are trying to raise a healthy and safe product, while at the same time, maintaining a profitable business and being stewards of natural resources, like water and soil. How will you construct a model of a cattle ranch that addresses these concerns?

Recent Challenge Winners

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