Past Challenges

Check out these great resources for your classroom or afterschool program! The resources on this page were used in previous Purple Plow Challenge seasons.

Farm to Food Truck Challenge

Americans enjoy an affordable and abundant food supply thanks to farming and ranching families. Every year, one U.S. farm feeds 168 people. But how does that food get from the farm to our plates? What people are involved in the process along the way? This summer, learn the story behind our food firsthand by designing a farm to food truck!

Check out these great resources for your classroom or afterschool program! The resources on this page were used in previous Purple Plow Challenge seasons.

Growing Your Community Challenge

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!

Facilitator Guide

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Student Guide

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Helpful Information for Students

Community Challenge Content Packet (PDF)

Save the Soil Challenge

Only 11% of our Earth’s land surface has the topsoil considered suitable for producing food. In the United States alone, we are losing at least 3 billion tons of topsoil a year to erosion! Without topsoil, our land becomes a desert and is not capable of producing food. Ready to dig deep to save the soil?

Facilitator Guide

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Student Guide

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Helpful Information for Students

Save The Soil Content Packet (PDF)

Room To Grow STEM CHALLENGE

Room to Grow Challenge

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 the summer 2017 Purple Plow challenge!

Facilitator Guide

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Student Guide

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Helpful Information for Students

Room to Grow Content Packet (PDF)

H2GrOw Challenge

We need food to survive. But food security is a problem around the world, and at home. Get creative as you design a sustainable living environment for aquatic life while growing food in this season’s Purple Plow Challenge!

Facilitator Guide

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Student Guide

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Helpful Information for Students

H2grOw Content Packet (PDF)

See some of our past winning teams!

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