Innovation Challenge* [New Resource Coming 2024]

An Innovation Challenge requires students to apply their subject knowledge to understand a real-life situation, then design and build a prototype solution which they present to an industry expert or other audience.

Year 7-10
4-6 weeks

Social Sciences

Free to NZ schools
Led by teachers Training Available
Resource will be available Early Term 2

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 one-day event for year 10 students, or as a teacher led classroom project.

Facilitated Challenge Days:

1. Future Ready Farms Challenge (Sponsor: Ballance Agri Nutrients)

2024 Date TBA

New Plymouth

Register your interest by email to

Classroom Project

The Innovation Challenge will take 4-6 weeks. A teaching guide shows you how to run the challenge through 15 lessons, finishing with the students doing a presentation of their findings and ideas. There are 10 different challenges to choose from.

Curriculum links

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