Farmvention: national STEM competition for primary schools launched
The Farmvention competition – which aims to get primary school children designing and creating their own food and farming products – has been launched by the National Farmers' Union (NFU).
The launch comes ahead of the next school year to give teachers time to plan for the competition and applications will be open from 6 September.
The competition, which provides a choice of three problem-based challenges, will focus on engaging children with STEM topics as well as getting them thinking about the everyday challenges farmers in Britain face.
The three Farmvention challenges to choose from are:
· Design a tractor of the future
· Design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens
· Design a new snack product that uses one or more of the following four British foods; milk, beef, beetroot or oats
Each challenge is supported by curriculum linked resources which the NFU created in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).
The winning school will be announced at the House of Commons during British Science and Engineering Week next year, with the chance to win the grand prize experience of having the school turn into a farm for the day.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “Farmvention is a great opportunity for children to engage with the national curriculum in a new and exciting way, and at the same time learn about where and how their food is produced.
“Every day farmers and growers in the UK face numerous challenges and so a major part of the Farmvention competition includes thinking of potential ways to overcome them.
“Learning isn’t exclusive to the classroom. Children have so much to benefit from taking their learning outside and putting it in a real life situation, as it makes an impression on them that they will remember for a lifetime.
“It’s really exciting when you think about the skills and knowledge that can be developed from this competition and I can’t wait to see what Britain’s young inventors come up with.”
• Other prizes for shortlisted schools include:
– Fully funded farm visits
– £600 to spend on robotics products for the school
– Class packs of data loggers
– Chef visits to the school
• Teachers can visit the Farmvention website for more information about the competition and how to apply.
• Applications open 6th September and close on 21st December.
• Follow the @NFUEducation Twitter handle for up to the minute news.
For more information, see www.farmvention.com
Photo Credits: NFU working with children from Brambleside Primary School, Kettering, Northants