Kids design farm products in NFU comp | Article

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School children are invited to design their own food and agricultural products in a competition organized by the NFU.

The ‘Farmvention’ The school-to-school competition has been launched before the next school year to give teachers time to plan, but applications won’t open until September 6.

According to the NFU, the competition will get students thinking about the daily challenges facing UK farmers, while engaging them in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths.

Entrants can design one of three things: a tractor of the future; an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens; or a new snack product that uses one or more of the following British foods: milk, beef, beet and oats.

Each challenge will be supported by curriculum-related resources created by the NFU in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).

The winning school will be announced in the House of Commons during UK Science and Engineering Week, with the chance to win the grand prize experience of turning the school into a farm for the day.

Other prizes for shortlisted schools include visits to wholly unfinished farms, £600 to spend on robotic products for the school, class packs of data loggers and visits to school chefs.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “Farmvention is a great opportunity for children to engage with the national program in a new and exciting way, and at the same time learn where and how their food is produced.

“Every day, farmers and growers in the UK face many challenges and so a big part of the Farmvention competition is to think about potential ways to overcome them.

She added: “It’s really exciting when you think about the skills and knowledge that can be developed through this competition and I can’t wait to see what young British inventors come up with.”

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