GAE STEM Challenge


We are pleased to announce this year's GAE STEM Challenge....

"The Great Potato Challenge"



Challenge Question: 

"What can potatoes teach me about soil and how it interacts with living and nonliving things?" 

Students will be studying the life cycle of a potato. They will be able to observe the growth patterns for a potato planted in soil, a potato not planted in soil, and a potato grown hydroponically. Students will be able to discuss and fill out a "Potato Journal" to highlight all their findings! 

How does the Challenge work? 

Formerly a bi-annual competition, we have restructured this year's STEM Challenge to be a year long competition!

Challenge Timeframe: Starting September 11, 2023 - Ending March 15, 2024


Come up with a fun "Team Name" and register your class with the link below. Registration ends October 9th!

Register now! 

Completion Time

Will take you roughly 8 weeks to complete.

You can choose anytime in the Challenge Timeframe to start and finish your project!

Lesson Plan

Each school receives a digital kit of resources and a tailored educational program for their students. 

View Digital Toolkit

Challenge Parameters

Only 1 challenge submission per class (or Team)

  • If you have a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class - you will have 1 submission from each grade
  • If you have multiple 3rd, 4th, and/or 5th grade classes - you will have 1 submission per class
  • There is no limit on how many classes (or Teams) you can have!

Open to Georgia Elementary Schools only.

Submitting Your Presentation

Complete the challenge with your students by creating a video presentation (no longer than 5 minutes) answering the challenge question. You'll submit your project as a STEM-based YouTube video!

View Judging Rubric

View YouTube Upload Instructions

View previous STEM Challenge Videos for inspiration. Get creative!


Top WINNER for each category!

$250 classroom supply grant + your choice of a physical prize! 

$350 Total Value


We are excited to add new categories that you can register your students in. We hope this will allow even more kids across Georgia to put their skills to the test! 

You can register as a...

3rd Grade Class 4th Grade Class 5th Grade Class Special Education Class Homeschool or Community/After School Group (Mixed Grades)


Winners will be announced LIVE!

All participants will be sent a ZOOM link once you have submitted your final presentation. 



Questions? Contact us at

Don't forget to tag @GaFoundationAg on Social Media and use #TheGreatPotatoChallenge



This STEM Challenge is a special project brought to you by the Georgia Ag Experience, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture and Georgia Farm Bureau's Ag-in-the-Classroom.

The challenge was developed to help expose elementary teachers and students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) involved in agricultural production of food and fiber. We aim to help students recognize their role in agriculture by exposing them to real-world problems that they can help solve. 

To support ag education for Georgia students, like this STEM challenge, please consider making a donation to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture.