A school in Settle, North Yorkshire, has been named as one of the winners in the NFU’s ambitious ‘Farmvention’ competition.
The entry by pupils from Settle C of E Primary School was one of nine winners in the national competition for primary schools focused on developing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.
Launched in September, it challenged children to solve one of three farming-related issues by designing a tractor of the future, an environment for a flock of 1,000 hens or a new snack product from four British ingredients.
The Key Stage 1 pupils from Settle Primary School focused on the tractor of the future and used their engineering skills to design a ‘Plug n Plough’ concept tractor with interchangeable components.
As a category winner, the school will receive a fully funded farm visit, £600 worth of robotic products and a visit by the Small Robot Company to help the children work on their design.
More than that though, the pupils will also get the chance to showcase their work at an exhibition at the House of Commons during British Science Week in March, when the overall competition champion will be decided.
NFU regional director, Adam Bedford said: “I am really delighted to see one of our local primary schools beat off stiff competition from more than 1,000 entries to be named as a national winner.
“It’s great to see farming at the heart of creative learning opportunities in schools – boosting interest in STEM subjects and at the same time increasing young children’s understanding of food production and rural life.
“This school put a huge amount of work into their entry and it’s clear from the video they produced just how much the children enjoyed the challenge. I can’t wait to see how they get on when they get to London in March.”
Teacher, Sarah Entwhistle, from Settle C of E Primary School said: “We were so excited to hear that our school had won the Key Stage 1, Tractor of the Future competition.
“Year 1 worked incredibly hard on their Plug ‘n’ Plough entry. From the planning and design, through the creative challenge and on to the testing process where they were delighted to watch their ideas come to life attached to one of our school robots.“We are all very proud that some of our youngest budding engineers are being given the chance to present their ideas during the exhibition at the House of Commons. The recognition and value this places on what young people can imagine and create has inspired all of our children.”