The NFU is opening its annual Farmvention competition to bring the world of food and farming into the classroom. This year the competition is focusing on the greatest global challenge of all – climate change.
More than 5,000 children have already got involved in Farmvention over the past two years and for the first time the NFU is opening the competition to secondary school children as well as primary, with the aim of inspiring climate action.
Entrants are being challenged to develop an invention, innovation or idea that would help British farmers care for the environment and reduce their impact on the climate. To help with this, the NFU has created brand new interactive 3D farm tours, based around the themes of technology, soil and plant health, renewable energy and sustainable food, which provide STEM-related activities that can be completed both at home and at school.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “The Farmvention competition has gone from success to success, and this year’s launch is particularly exciting because it is solely focused on one of the most relevant, important and challenging issues of our time.
“Children today are more aware of our impact on the climate than ever. It is crucial we bring food and farming into the debate to build children’s understanding of sustainable food production, what farmers are already doing to reduce their climate impact and what more can be done.
“Over the previous two competitions we have been astounded by the ingenuity of the inventions. The enthusiasm from both teachers and pupils for a practical project that brings key curriculum topics to life has been clear from the start, and I can’t wait to see what the nation’s schoolchildren come up with this year to win the title Climate Superhero.”
Winners will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the Houses of Parliament later in the year and will receive £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM or outdoor learning equipment.
Entries close on Monday 31 May 2021.