GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge

This four lesson programme challenges year 9-10 students to research a real-life situation within the food and fibre sectors.

The Growing NZ Innovation Challenge requires students to apply their subject knowledge to design and build a prototype solution to a real-life situation faced by New Zealand’s food & fibre sectors. 

For students with an interest in STEM or social science subjects, the challenge is based on the principles of learning by doing, design thinking and industry engagement. It is the perfect mash up of the science, technology and social science subjects.

The challenge can be done as a facilitated Innovation Challenge day for year 10 students, or as a teacher led classroom project.


Facilitated Challenge Day:

Wednesday 8th September

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

9:30am – 2:30pm

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Classroom Project

The project will take 3-4 weeks. A teaching guide shows you how to run the challenge through four lessons, finishing with the students doing a presentation of their findings and ideas. There are 16 different challenges to choose from.

A student work-book will help the students to be self-directing if you wish, once they have come up with an idea to work on.

Curriculum links

The GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge has strong links to Level 4 and 5 of the science, technology, social sciences and English learning areas. 

GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge

  • Year 9-10
  • 1-3 wks
  • Social Sciences
  • Free to NZ schools
  • Led by teachers
    Training Available
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Programme Chapters

1. GrowingNZ

Students taking part will:

  • Investigate the challenge
  • Choose enabling technologies and design a solution using these
  • Make a quick prototype of their solution
  • Present their solution
  • Celebrate success
  • At the facilitated challenge day, gain insights, advice and feedback from food and fibre sector experts.

Download topic resources Resources include:

  • GrowingNZ Teaching Guide
  • GrowingNZ Student Guide
  • GrowingNZ presentation examples