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.

Our free school programmes, each supported by local STEM industry professionals, offer students the chance to realise – and unleash – their full potential. Developed alongside teachers and industry, our hands-on programmes knit into the school curriculum. We build confidence in students and teachers, and give STEM professionals a way to give back to their community, their profession and have loads of fun at the same time. And thanks to our partner Callaghan Innovation, we supply schools with kits and learning modules for each challenge so they have the tools they need for success.

Rocket Challenge (Year 5–6)

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.

Power Challenge (Year 7-8)

Power up! Students design and build a wind turbine and light up their town of the future with the support of their teacher and a Wonder Project Ambassador. Along the way they discover the amazing phenomena of electricity and renewable energy. Students need to use teamwork and creativity to keep the lights on, the schools open and the hospitals running!

The Power Challenge is energised by Transpower.

Plant Challenge (Year 7–8)

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 10–13)

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

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

Help inspire the next generation