The Wonder Project is Engineering New Zealand's initiative to get the next generation excited about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. It’s about sparking wonder in STEM from a young age, building confidence, and having all young Kiwis believing they can achieve remarkable things.
The Rocket Challenge
Over 6–8 weeks in Term 2, Year 5–8 students work with their teacher and Wonder Project Ambassador to design, build, and launch their very own water rocket. We pair schools with STEM professionals to support their teaching and provide resources to successfully run the programme.
In 2020, we need 800 STEM professionals to join our network of Wonder Project Ambassadors. You'll get all the training you need to support a teacher in their classroom for the Rocket Challenge. Induction training gets you up to speed with all things Wonder Project. Then specific Rocket Challenge training gives you lots of tips for engaging with kids on tricky subjects like Newton's laws. There's no need to be a rocketry expert to get involved! Our online learning hub will also support you throughout the challenge with 7 modules that guide you, teachers and students.
It's easy to get involved – simply sign up online. We'll get in touch to discuss what's involved, get you to complete a criminal conviction declaration, and get you started with online training. We'll then match you with a local participating school.
The challenge takes students 2 hours per week for 6–8 weeks to complete, but you only need to be available for 1 hour a week.