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Farmvention aims to get STEM students to design agricultural products

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-09-07
Small Robot Company, the Shropshire agricultural mini-robot specialist, has partnered with the National Farmers Union (NFU) on its Farmvention initiative.

The competition aims to get primary school children engaging with key topics such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by designing and creating their own food and farming products.

Small Robot Company harnesses the power and precision of robots and AI to improve the way that food is produced and minimise chemical usage and use plant protection products more efficiently.

It will make farms more profitable, and increase yield and efficiency, through using small robots instead of tractors.

The NFU’s national competition for primary schools is officially opening today, and schools can now submit their applications for the chance of having their school turned into a farm for a day.

Fifty school children and their teachers who took part in the pilot project will attend the launch of the competition at Birmingham’s ThinkTank Museum, where they will take on the challenge of creating their own tractor of the future and designing and preparing a seasonal snack to take home.

“Solving current environmental issues around farming with tractors is a priority here,” says Ben Scott-Robinson, co-founder, Small Robot Company. “Farmvention will stimulate children to take a practical look at this problem, and apply their ingenuity. It’s a brilliant concept and a hands on chance to learn all about food production. We’ll then help the winners take their dream towards reality, working with the next generation to transform farming for our future.”

Finalists will be invited to present their designs at the House of Commons during British Science and Engineering Week, where the winning school will be announced.