Farm machine: 2040

Farmers work hard to protect the environment and the National Farmers’ Union have pledged to make farming carbon neutral by 2040.

The Challenge:

Design a farming machine for 2040 and explain its benefits for the environment.

Alongside your design, we would like you to submit an advertisement for your product that explains its benefits. You could present this as a poster, video, persuasive letter, presentation, speech- however you like!

We’ll be judging the entries based on four criteria: how well you’ve solved the problem, creativity & innovation, the environmental impact of your design and the benefits the design will have for farmers and food producers.

The Prize

  • A fully-funded farm visit for up to 35 children from your school.
  • Travel and expenses for up to five children and two adults to attend a VIP winners’ event at the House of Commons where you will showcase your Farmvention and receive a unique Farmvention trophy.
  • £600 of robotics equipment for your school.

There will be 1 winning entry from each of the following categories:

  • KS1 (Years 1 & 2)
  • Lower KS2 (Years 3 & 4)
  • Upper KS2 (Years 5 & 6)

All entrants will become certified ‘farmventors’ and receive a reward pack including a certificate and mini prize. Entries close on 23 December 2019.

What might your submission look like?

It’s up to you what your submission looks like and may well depend on the age category. Some ideas we might expect to see are:

  • A video showing an explanation of the design, any research that has been done and any specific problems the design solves
  • Pictures – either hand drawn or digital
  • An advertisement or pitch of the final design
  • A PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation
  • Photographs of models/prototypes made using recycled materials, construction toys or robotics kits

The sky is the limit and we definitely encourage creativity! We can accept most document, image and video file types.

Submit your entry

You may submit as many entries as you like, but you may only do so one at a time. By submitting an entry, you agree to our Terms & Conditions. To submit a valid entry, you must include the following information:

  • Your team/project's name – used to differentiate between multiple entries from the same organisation.
  • Your school/organisation's postcode, which then can be used to find your school/organisation's address.
  • Your school/organisation's name (if not included in the address).
  • The age group of your team.
  • The submitter's first name, last name, and email address – e.g. the responsible educator/adult.
  • The number of pupils in the team
  • A minimum of one file upload or one external file link, but you can upload as many files as required. Most file types are accepted with the exception of executable file types (such as .exe and .bat)
  • If you are trying to upload large files (over 250mb) or experiencing problems with submitting your files, we suggest uploading them externally using services such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive and adding these links to the external links fields.

If you have any questions or need help with submitting an entry, you can contact us at [email protected]. Entries close on 23 December 2019.

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