The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has recognized three schools as Purple Plow Challenge winners for the fall season of the maker-space contest.
The following teams were selected as winners in the national competition:
Team 11, Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School, Laupāhoehoe, Hawaii
Educator: Aaron Mickelson
Erosion, No Eroding!, Home School, Port Orange, Florida
Educator: Priya Muthukumaravelu
Team 1, West Central Middle School Library Makerspace, Hartford, South Dakota
Educator: DaNann Kistler
Each school received a 3D printer and gift card to support future educational investments.
The Purple Plow challenge site (http://www.purpleplow.org/) encourages students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability. Students are also encouraged to build their own prototypes to solve problems. The resources – provided for facilitators, students and volunteers – are written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts. The fall challenge, “Save the Soil,” engaged students in creating a prototype that addressed local erosion concerns and measurably reduced topsoil erosion. Students used a tested design process and shared their experience on social media. Follow the @ThePurplePlow journey on Twitter and Instagram.
The spring Purple Plow challenge contest will run Jan. 1 to May 1. Interested teachers, mentors and students should check out the website for information. Purple Plow is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The resources are made possible through the generous support of the title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer.