NFU President Minette Batters pictured at an NFU Education event
The NFU has announced the winners of its national STEM competition, Farmvention. Nine primary schools have won prizes including fully funded farm visits, chef visits and £600 to spend on robotics products for the school.
The winners will be showcasing their designs at an exhibition at the House of Commons during British Science Week, where the overall champion will be decided.
The competition, launched in September, asked children at primary schools to submit entries that solved one of three farming-related issues using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects). The challenges were:
- Design a tractor of the future
- Design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens
- Design a new snack product from four British ingredients
NFU President Minette Batters said:
“This is the NFU’s first national competition for primary schools and there has been an incredible amount of enthusiasm from both teachers and pupils.
“With more than a thousand schools entering their designs, the competition clearly demonstrates that food and farming has a place in education; not only to engage young children in STEM subjects, but to develop their understanding about rural life and where their food comes from.
“I can’t wait to see the creative designs that our young inventors have produced at the exhibition in March.”