The Wonder Project

Helping young Kiwis reach their full potential

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The Wonder Project is Engineering New Zealand's initiative to get the next generation excited about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It’s about sparking wonder in STEM from a young age, building confidence, and having all young Kiwis believing they can achieve remarkable things.

These free school programmes are each supported by local STEM industry professionals, offering students the chance to realise – and unleash – their full potential. Developed alongside teachers and industry, the hands-on programmes knit into the school curriculum.

There are currently 3 Wonder-ful programmes designed for different age groups:

Rocket Challenge Year 5–6

2020 registrations closed. Next launch: Term 2 2021

Students blast off into STEM by designing, building and launching their own water rocket with a little help from their teacher and a STEM professional. Students learn about Newton’s laws, the engineering design process, and the importance of working as a team.

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The New Zealand Space Agency’s Andrew Alder, STEM Professional, with his class of Year 5 and 6 students at Otari School, Wellington.

Plant Challenge Year 7–8

Pilot programme: Term 4 2020

Protecting our planet is more important than ever. To combat climate change and fight off global food shortages, students are tasked with engineering a sustainable world using hydroponic technology. Students experience the wonder of growing their own plants, and with the help from a STEM professional conduct controlled experiments, collect data, and evaluate their findings.

STEM Careers Year 7–13 

Career talks: ongoing throughout the school year

Senior students have limitless job opportunities in STEM, they just don’t know it yet. The Wonder Project inspires students to keep taking STEM subjects after Year 10 by offering them captivating presentations and real-world industry experience.

Online Wonder Talks are hosted by STEM professionals who capture the imagination of students by discussing their professional journey. And Wonder Experiences offer students industry experience so they can see there’s a lot more to STEM than just white lab coats and calculators.

To find out more go to https://wonderproject.nz/(external link)

Young boy holiding a water rocket above his head.
Last updated: 08 October 2020