The NFU’s new STEM competition, Farmvention, will be brought to life in November when the NFU stages a ‘taster day’ at a Leeds primary school.
The event will be staged at Lawns Park Primary School in the Leeds West constituency of Rachel Reeves MP who is working with the NFU to deliver a key prize of the competition – an opportunity for finalists to present their ideas at an event in the House of Commons during British Science and Engineering Week 2019.
The taster day is designed to encourage children to respond creatively to the three real-life challenges at the centre of the competition:
- to design the tractor of the future
- to design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens
- to design a new snack product that uses one or more of the following four British foods: milk, beef, beetroot or oats.
The competition has already attracted a lot of interest from schools across Yorkshire and the North East, with 28 expressions of interest submitted just a few weeks after the official launch.
Commenting, West Riding County Adviser, Amy Morrison said she was delighted that Leeds would be staging a high-profile event to help promote the competition. “Farmvention is an exciting new development that really seems to have resonated with teachers across our region,” she said. “It would be wonderful if we could get a school into the final and clearly we have more of a chance if we can attract plenty of entries.
“I hope members will make a point of talking to teachers in their local schools about the competition, encouraging them to get involved.”