Nearly 600 primary schools, all vying for the prize of having their school turned into a farm for the day, have entered Farmvention, the NFU’s national education competition.

The competition, which brings together farming and invention, gives children at primary school the chance to solve three farming related issues using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths:

  • To design a tractor of the future;
  • Design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens; or
  • Design a new snack product using British foods.

The competition demonstrates that farming is an excellent way of engaging children in STEM subjects and of delivering high-quality investigative learning resources.


Farmvention was developed as part of the NFU’s education strategy which aims to bridge the gap between children and food, farming and the countryside.

NFU education manager Josh Payne said: “It’s fantastic to see so many primary schools getting involved in Farmvention and we’ve been really impressed by the creativity and ingenuity shown across entries in all age categories.

Subjects such as science and technology are deeply embedded in farming and teaching children in this context is a great way to help them learn, as well as giving teachers a new and engaging way of delivering their lessons.

“This is the first year the competition has run and the hard job will now be shortlisting these amazing entries.”

Entries close at midnight on Friday, December 21. The winners will be announced at the Association for Science Education conference at the University of Birmingham on January 11.