The Farm City crew have been thrilled to be part of this yr’s Massive Bang North West on 4 July. Happening on the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, pupils from faculties throughout the North West got here out of their droves for a day of discovery. That they had the chance to satisfy face-to-face with inspiring engineers and scientists from trade and academia and participate in a complete host of hands-on actions and experiments.
We love Massive Bang’s method to participating younger folks in Science, Engineering, Expertise and Maths (STEM). The occasion gives an enormous vary of exhibition stands (together with ours!) with thrilling and interactive actions, reveals and knowledge, which intention to amaze and encourage the scientists and engineers of the longer term. The ‘make it occur’ motto is actually part of our philosophy right here at Farm City.
This yr we invited college students to participate in our Produce Pod Problem. All through the day groups competed to construct our Produce Pod aquaponics system as rapidly as doable. The catch … there have been no directions! Like several true scientists, the groups needed to work it out for themselves and clarify the way it labored as soon as that they had accomplished the construct. We have been extremely impressed by the pace and ingenuity with which everybody tackled the problem.
The profitable crew on the day, from St Michael’s Excessive Faculty in Liverpool, accomplished their construct in an astounding 5 minutes and 35 seconds! If solely we might construct the pods that rapidly ourselves. We’re trying ahead to heading out to the college quickly to ship their prize – one among our half day workshops, which can problem extra of the pupils to finish the construct and study in better element how aquaponics works.
Our smoothie bar additionally proved to be a giant hit on the occasion, with college students and lecturers eager to pattern one among our aquaponic Farm City Tremendous Smoothies, made with greens grown in our techniques. Folks have been additionally ready to take a look at our TED discuss and have a go at some water testing in our aquaponics lab.
It was an unbelievable day and we’re felt very privileged to be part of it. We had nice enjoyable ourselves testing all the different exhibitor stands and have been very impressed by the coed tasks getting into The Massive Bang UK Younger Scientists & Engineers competitors. We’re particularly excited to have a number of the college students that we met attending our Faculty for Eco-Entrepreneurs this August. We hope we managed to encourage some future Agtech innovators and entrepreneurs … they actually impressed us!