Design an environment for 100 layers with NFU Education

UK - The NFU is today launching its Farmvention competition which aims to get primary school children designing and creating their own food and farming products
calendar icon 25 June 2018
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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 key topics such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as getting them thinking about the everyday challenges farmers in Britain face.

These three 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, 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.”

Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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