GAE STEM Challenge


In Partnership with Georgia Association of Conservation Districts


What is the GAE Stem Challenge? 

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. 

How is the challenge structured? A bi-annual competition focusing on a real-world ag problem. Elementary classrooms (grades 3 - 5) across Georgia put their skills to the test as they compete to win. Each school receives a digital kit of resources and a tailored educational program for their students. The top 3 classrooms with the best solution can win a prize and be recognized for their effort!



Georgia Association of Conservation Districts

The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) is a grassroots non-profit organization representing 40 conservation districts in Georgia. All 159 counties in Georgia are part of a local Conservation District. For over 75 years, the organization's members have volunteered in each district to promote conservation, educate citizens about the importance of conservation, and inform policy makers about natural resource issues. GACD's mission is to advocate for the conservation of Georgia's natural resources by providing organization, leadership and a unified strategic direction to the Conservation Districts of the State. Learn more by visiting the website: 


Fall '22 Announcement Video 

Current Challenge Question: 

How can we improve gardening spaces while using water conservation practices?

Fall '22 Challenge Dates: 

Registration Dates: 

September 5 - November 18

Submissions Due: 

November 18

* You may register at any time * 

*Winners announced LIVE on ZOOM on December 2nd @ 1pm* 

How the Challenge Works:

  1. Register your classroom on this webpage by hitting submit at the bottom of this page
  2. Receive instant access to the challenge digital resource platform 
  3. Download the Digital Toolkit
  4. Complete the challenge with your students by creating a video presentation answering the challenge question
  5. Upload your class video to YouTube (please see YouTube upload instructions below)
  6. Upload the class presentation to our submission page for judging by November 18th
  7. Tune in to the live winner announcement on December 2nd. Link emailed when you submit your final presentation. 

Challenge Basics: 

  • Each class will be asked to Engage, Explore, Test and Improve, Share Results & Reflect. All steps are outlined in the lesson plan. 
  • For deeper understanding (and bonus points!) ask an expert 

Final Project: 

  • Create a video presentation discussing the process of how we can improve and increase gardening spaces while using water conservation practices.

Challenge Parameters: 

  • Class submission must be from students in grades 3rd, 4th, or 5th
  • 1 challenge submission per class
  • Open to Georgia elementary schools only

Final Submissions Must: 

  • Must include a video presentation (no longer than 5 minutes) on the process of how we can improve and increase gardening spaces
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of what crops need to grow and the relationship between humans and water conservation, particularly in agriculture
  • Must incorporate the role of farmers and water conservation methods
  • Must include 5 photos showing the students process throughout the challenge

Preview the lesson plan here. 

YouTube Upload Instructions

Please submit your YouTube video link on the submission form linked here. 

  1. Go to and create a channel
  2. Find the video camera icon in the top right corner
  3. Click “Upload Video”
  4. Click “Select File”
  5. Select your video you would like to submit for the Stem Challenge
  6. Please title your video as follows: “Team Class Name – Spring 22 Stem”
  7. Scroll down to find “Audience” and select “Yes, this is for kids”
  8. Click “Next”
  9. On the “Video Elements” page, Click “Next”
  10. On the “Checks” page, Click “Next”
  11. On the “Visibility” page, select “Unlisted: Anyone with the video link can view your video”
  12. Click “Save”
  13. Copy video link on the “Video Published” page
  14. Please paste your video link to the ’22 Stem Challenge Submission Form under “video link”


Prize for top 3 winners

* Top Winner in Each Grade* 

$250 classroom supply grant + your choice of physical prize 

($350 Total Value)

Register now!

*IMPORTANT: Please access the link above ONLY using the following web browsers: firefox or google chrome. 


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