GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge

This four lesson programme challenges year 9-11 students to research a real problem within the context of the primary industries. This cross curricular teacher led resource has strong links to Level 4 and 5 of the science, technology, social sciences and English learning areas. The Challenge uses a team project approach and can be delivered through an inter-school challenge day or a classroom project.


GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge Facilitated Day

The day presents teams with an industry challenge that requires students to use investigative research and practical knowledge of science, technology, and business to design and prototype a solution to the challenge. Students will interview and collect feedback from industry representatives. Each day has $250 worth of prizes up for grabs!

 

Challenges this year will be held in: 

Wellington: Friday 7 June at the Lower Hutt Events Centre 

Hastings: Wednesday 26 June at Showgrounds Hawke's Bay 

Palmerston North: Friday 2 August at Massey University 

Timaru: Tuesday 27 August at Ara Institute of Canterbury 

Dunedin: Wednesday 28 August at Dunedin Public Art Gallery

  

The Student Guidebook and Teaching Resource have now been updated for 2019.

Student learning 

Through The GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge, students will:

  • Investigate a problem. There are 15 challenges to choose from
  • Develop and evaluate potential solutions
  • Build a prototype solution
  • Gather feedback from stakeholders
  • Persuasively present a solution 

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 9-11
  • 1-2 wks
  • Social Sciences
    Technology
    Science
    English
  • Free to NZ schools
  • Led by teachers
    Training Available
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Programme Chapters

1. GrowingNZ

Students taking part will:

  • Investigate a problem
  • Develop and evaluate potential solutions
  • Build a prototype solution
  • Gather feedback from stakeholders
  • Persuasively present a solution  

Download topic resources Resources include:

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