The NFU’s national competition for primary schools has opened and schools are being invited to submit their applications for the chance of having their school turned into a farm for a day.

Schools can choose to design a tractor of the future, an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens or a new snack product that uses one or more of milk, beef, beetroot or oats.

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.

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.

NFU president Minette Batters said: “Farmvention brings real life farming situations into the classroom and it’s fantastic to see so many young people getting involved.

“Food and farming is inextricably linked to STEM subjects and the NFU’s competition offers a rare chance for children to put this learning into practice in a new and exciting way.

“As an industry it is important to us that children know about where their food comes from. Farmvention is a fantastic opportunity to develop their education and problem solving skills at the same time as learning about food production and the challenges farmers face every day.”

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.

Other prizes for shortlisted schools include fully funded farm visits, £600 to spend on robotics products for the school, class packs of data loggers and a visit to the school from a chef.

Applications close on 21 December 2018.