Purple Plow Challenge
The Purple Plow Challenge encourages students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability and build their own prototypes to solve the defined problem. Resources provided for facilitators, students and volunteers are written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts.
Current Challenge: Cattle Ranch Riddle
People around the world consume beef, in particular in the United States. Every day, cattle ranching families are trying to raise a healthy and safe product, while at the same time, maintaining a profitable business and being stewards of natural resources, like water and soil. How will you construct a model of a cattle ranch that addresses these concerns?
This challenge runs from August 15 - November 1.
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!
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!
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? Check out the current challenge page for the fall challenge that runs August 15th – November 1st!
See other past challenges. These include "H2Grow" a hydroponics challenge and "Room 2 Grow" a garden structure challenge. Facilitator guides, student guides and content guides are available for past challenges!
Short on time? Also make sure to check out the Purple Plow Puzzlers!
Puzzlers are hands-on STEM activities that can be completed in 1-2.5 hours. Puzzlers sharpen critical and creative thinking through agricultural-related activities. They follow the “create, test & improve, and share” steps in the Purple Plow engineering design process
The Purple Plow Challenge is special project brought to you by The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) and made possible through generous support of our title sponsor, Dupont Pioneer.