Fall Purple Plow Challenge Winners Announced

Newsroom / November 30, 2017

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.

Cyndie Shearing
Director, Internal Communications
(202) 406-3649

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