What is the Purple Plow?

Learn by Doing

Purple Plow is a free STEM education platform that engages students in creating solutions for real-world, complex issues related to agriculture. Free resources provided for facilitators, students and volunteers are written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts.

For Middle and High School

Purple Plow is a great fit for individuals and groups in middle school and high school. It’s perfect for maker spaces, after school programs, in-school lessons, 4-H clubs, library learning, Scout troops and more!

Challenges and Puzzlers

Purple Plow Challenge contests run bi-yearly. Students can compete in the current Challenge contest to win prizes. If you’re short on time, check out the puzzlers for short, hands-on activities designed to sharpen critical and creative thinking.

Have Fun, Win Prizes

The top three entries will win a 3D printer and a $100 Visa gift card! Also, super-cool medals and Purple Plow socks will be awarded to all of the winning team members.

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Current Challenge: Cattle Ranch Riddle

Are you ready to help solve this challenge?
Check out the current challenge that runs
August 15th – November 1st

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?

Recent Challenge Winners

Team 1
West Central Middle School Library Makerspace
Hartford, SD
Educator: DaNann Kistler

Team Erosion, No Eroding
Port Orange, FL
Educator: Priya Muthukumaravelu

Team 11
Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School
Laupāhoehoe, Hawaiʻi
Educator: Aaron Mickelson