Week 4 project: Design a farm machine and win a robot!

By NFU Education
27th April 2020

This week we’re looking at the amazing world of agri-tech. Farming is already using robots, satellites, and all sorts of other technologies ‚Äď but can you design a machine of the future to help farmers tackle some of their biggest challenges?¬†

Here are some things to think about…

Problems farmers face:

  • Not having enough people to pick some types of crops by hand
  • Heavy machinery squashes the soil and stops plants from growing
  • Tractor drivers get¬†tired¬†having to work round the clock at harvest time
  • Farmers want to protect the environment

Things to think about:

  • What job will it do on the farm?
  • How will it be different from the machines we see today?
  • What type of fuel will be used in the future?
  • How will it help the environment?
  • How will it save farmers time and energy?
  • Will the tractor be driverless?

Competition time!

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Small Robot Company¬†are very kindly offering a model of their revolutionary farming robot ‚ÄėTom‚Äô to the best design we receive.

Submissions can be made by either emailing us at letstalkfarming@nfu.org.uk or posting on social media using the hashtag #LockdownLearning and tagging @eatfarmnow and @NFUEducation. Be sure to submit your entries by May 7th 2020 to be in with a chance of winning!

How could you present your design?

It‚Äôs up to you what your design looks like. Here are just some suggestions, but whatever¬†you choose to do, don’t forget¬†we’d love to see your ideas and designs. Send them to¬†letstalkfarming@nfu.org.uk.

  • A video showing an explanation of the design, any research that has been done and any specific problems the design solves
  • Pictures ‚Äď 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!

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Discover more fun activities and videos by farmers and chefs in our #LockdownLearning Hub.