Three schools win Farm Bureau Purple Plow Challenge


A shout out to these three middle schools winners of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Purple Plow Challenge for the inaugural spring season of the maker-space contest.

The following teams were selected as winners in this national competition:

5th Grade GATES Class, Hatfield Elementary
Teacher: Rebecca Davis
Northwest Independent School District, Justin, Texas

Canton R-V Team #6
Teacher: Lezlie Durst
Canton R-V School District, Canton, Missouri

LeRoy Junior High School
Teacher: Katie Buckley
LeRoy School District, LeRoy, Illinois

Each school received a 3D printer and gift card to support future educational investments.

The Purple Plow Challenge encourages students to research scenarios related to food, hunger, and sustainability. Students also are 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 spring challenge, “H2Grow,” engaged students in creating a working aquaponics system that would support aquatic and edible plant life. Students used a tested design process and shared their experiences on Twitter and Instagram @ThePurplePlow.

The summer Purple Plow Challenge contest runs May 15 through Aug. 1. A fall challenge will run August 15 to November 1.

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