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NFU launches Farmvention to help connect children to day-to-day farm challenges

The competition includes designing a tractor or a snack using British milk, beef, beetroot or oats.


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NFU launches Farmvention to help connect children to day-to-day farm challenges

Primary school children are being urged to get involved with a new competition designed to help them recognise the day-to-day challenges faced by farmers and growers in England and Wales.

 

Farmvention, an NFU initiative, is a STEM competition prompting youngsters to either design a tractor of the future; design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens or design a new snack product using one or more of the four British foods milk, beef, beetroot and oats.

 

Each of the three challenges is supported by curriculum-linked resources, created in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).


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Prizes include: fully funded farm visits; £600 to spend on robotics for the school; class packs of data loggers and chef visits to winning schools.

 

The grand prize will be what the NFU called a ‘money cannot buy experience’ of having the school turned into a farm for the day.

 

Teachers can access the resources online from June 25.

 

Applications close in December and shortlisted schools will be announced at the ASE conference in January, before the final during British Science and Engineering Week in March.

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