Schools Challenge

Organised by the EBP in partnership with the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the Lincolnshire Show Schools' Challenge is open to primary, secondary and special schools in Greater Lincolnshire.

There are ten challenges to choose from and their focus is on inspiring young people to gain a better understanding of Lincolnshire's rich agricultural history, its horticulture and land-based activities. To be involved in the Schools' Challenge, choose from one of our exciting challenges to join us at the Lincolnshire Show.

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This Year's Challenges

01: My Sustainable School

Curriculum Links: Food Technology, Geography, Science, SMSC and a perfect project for a school council or support staff

Students are tasked to look at the impact that their whole school and community food waste is having on the environment. Students should carry out an audit of the food waste around the whole school, consult and create an action plan to reduce and reuse some of the school's food waste. Research could include composting techniques and other wastes of reducing waste (aerobic digestion, animal feed, gleaning projects and food waste cafes). A campaign to promote this food waste policy should be developed and implemented in consultation with the whole school and their local community. Students must consider a variety of areas such as hot school meals, packed lunch boxes, food waste from cooking in the curriculum, staff food and food waste outside of school hours.

02: Waterwise

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, Science

With a growing global population, more and more people are sharing the already limited water resource. With more water consumed, there's less available for the environment. The need to use water wisely and not waste it has never been so important.

Students are tasked with making long-term improvements in water management and water efficiency within their school. A study of water use within your school will be carried out by completing a water audit (a free pack from Anglian Water). Using the water audit results, students will then develop a water management action plan and will be tasked with designing and developing water saving device such as a water butt or water collecting device.

03: Chocks Away: Advertising the Aviation Zone

Curriculum Links: English, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, History, Music, SMSC

Students are tasked with developing a media campaign to advertise the Aviation Zone at the Lincolnshire Show as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force. Details about this attraction can be found on the Lincolnshire Show website. Select a target audience of your choice and develop a campaign and marketing plan to attract them to the Aviation Zone. Consider using a wide range of marketing and advertising strategies such as social media, TV advertisements, press releases to local media, posters, leaflets, newsletters, blogs and radio jingles.

04: Design A Healthy School Lunch

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Science, SMSC and a perfect project for a school council or support staff

Students are asked to research what is meant by school food standards across the school day. Students should use the information gathered to develop a selection of healthy meals or snacks that could be used within school, for example school dinners, packed lunches, breakfast clubs, snacks etc. Credit will be given to foods that boost your brain power and learning. Where possible, ingredients should be home-grown or locally sourced. An awareness campaign must then be developed to alert the wider school community to the importance of the school food standards, having a healthy diet and having a hot school lunch and get others motivated. The campaign must not only reach students but can be extended to local families and the wider community.

05: Global Food Mapping

Curriculum Link: Art and Design, Computing, Food Technology, Geography, Languages, Maths

Beef, vegetables, cheese and fish are some of the UK's top ten food exports. Students investigate why and where their favourite food products are sent around the world. They will map the journey and calculate the food miles. Credit will be given to research on foods grown locally for export. The second part of the task is to develop your own marketing campaign to sell a food product to a country of your choice. This should consider transport and logistics, language and environmentally friendly solutions.

06: Prepared Potatoes!

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Science

Students are invited to design a new brand and develop an exciting new range of prepared potato products. The main component of the products must be potatoes, although they can include other ingredients too. The range must be suitable for chiller cabinets at major supermarkets and convenience stores. As part of the challenge, students will need to 'pitch' the range to a potential buyer. You will grow potatoes as part of the challenge to decide which variety of potatoes are the best to use in your dish. The seed potatoes are supplied by Branston Ltd.

07: Farming Then And Now

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, Design and Technology, History

British farmers played a crucial role in producing food for the nation during World War One. Today, farmers continue to use the latest technology to feed the nation. Students should research, discuss and demonstrate how farming and food production has changed since the War and investigate the impact that the Great War had on British farming. This could include the mechanisation of farming or the revival of heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables.

08: My Community, My Commitment - A Reflective Space In School

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, Computing, History, SMSC

Students are tasked with the challenge to improve an area of land within their school grounds or local community as a reflective space. They should research and investigate ideas using local sources of inspiration such as the International Bomber Command Centre, local war memorials and research from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This information should inspire students to help them develop their design ideas. The space could reflect themes such as peace and hope or a way of honouring a personal story unique to the school. They should keep a portfolio of ideas and implement them. Students must keep a video diary recording the changes and impact.

09: A Victory Garden

Curriculum Links: Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, Science

Students are tasked with the challenge of researching, designing and building a mini garden allotment to reflect the theme of the famous victory gardens started during World War One. Plants grown should be edible and maximise the space for food production, including herbs. This year credit will also be given to the decoration of the outside of the raised bed. Alongside the allotment, you will need to produce a wartime recipe cook book to show how the vegetables/herbs you are growing would have been used.

Design work and planning takes place in the school classroom with the garden allotments being built at the Lincolnshire Showground on Tuesday 19 June, the day before the Lincolnshire Show. A 1.2m x 1.2m raised bed filled with compost is provided to display the garden allotment. The allotment will be judged on the first day of the Lincolnshire Show, Wednesday 20 June.

Judged in three parts:

  • Wartime recipe book
  • Planting of the wartime garden/allotment for the Lincolnshire Show
  • Display and presentation of the wartime garden project, including growing journey

The 'Dig for Victory' campaign was set up by the British Ministry of Agriculture as a response to a wartime problem of food shortages. Men and women were encouraged to grow their own food in times of harsh rationing. Open spaces everywhere, from domestic gardens, to public parks were transformed into vegetable patches.

10: Growing Smart - Technology For Food

Curriculum links: Computing, Design and Technology, Engineering, Geography, Science, Robotics

Students are tasked with growing a food crop using technology to make the most efficient use of resources such as soil, water or fertiliser; or tasked with developing a new technological solution to weed control. Farming is entering a new era of technological change to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This challenge highlights the use of precision and data to make agriculture more sustainable. You will need to record your observations and measure your results to show improvements.

Beeswax Dyson Farming has highly skilled staff who are keen to support schools entering this challenge. This includes farm visits to help you plan your entry, to find out more about the technology used on the farm and support when planning your challenge and help with sourcing materials and the equipment to deliver it.