Growing Your Community Challenge
January 1 – May 1, 2018
January 1 – May 1, 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? Participate in the spring 2018 Purple Plow challenge!
Your prototype must address the following needs:
Success will be determined by
Purple Plow Guide (PDF)
Facilitator Guide (PDF)
Student Reflection Sheet (Word Doc)
Teachers: After teams have completed the challenge, print one form per team. Have students fill out the form on their own. Scan completed forms and attach to your entry using the “Submit Your Entry” button below. Please do not allow any student names on this submission form, however, please assign each team an identifying number (Ex: Sample Middle School, Team #01). Keep track of the numbers you have assigned your teams.
Judging Rubric (Word Doc)
Eligibility: Individuals, groups, and classes in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to enter the challenge competition.
What to Submit: For each team, you must submit the following:
There is no limit to the number of teams you may submit.
Deadline: Challenges will be run seasonally. For the current challenge, entries must be submitted by the date listed above under the challenge title. To submit your entry, use the Submit button on the Challenge page.
Prizes: All teams who complete the spring challenge by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for one of eight, $500 grants. The top three entries will win a 3D printer and a Visa gift card to help you buy supplies for your next maker challenge! Medals will be awarded to the winning team members as well.
This experience is designed for kids, but must be submitted by an adult over the age of 13. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents The Purple Plow Challenge from collecting personal information online from children under age 13.
Do not include student names, school name or any other personal information in the body of the response questions. Enter school and contact information only in the specific designated areas of the form.
Do your photos need a release? Any photo that shows the face of a student or recognizable characteristics of that student requires an official AFBFA photo release form. (DOWNLOAD HERE).
Here are some tips for taking pictures that do not require a photo release:
Take pictures of
To officially enter the challenge you must click below to complete the submission form. By submitting your entry, you verify the Challenge was completed by students in grades 5-8 and that all work is original. Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST May 1, 2018.
No matter which challenge you are on, a good place to get started is the Purple Plow Guide (pdf) which includes the following: