Big Bang Fair to attract science students to agriculture
Agriculture needs to attract a new generation of tech-savvy young people, to fully utilise the incredible technological tools that will revolutionise sustainable and productive farming and food production in the future.
The industry has to compete for the brightest and innovative talent, with the top science skills and creativity. Now, the challenge is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to follow a career in the exciting and rewarding industry.
The Syngenta stand at The Big Bang Fair gave schoolchildren and teachers from across the UK the opportunity to see and experience some of the awe-inspiring technologies involved, and an insight of what the industry has to offer.
The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the UK, welcoming 80,000 visitors over four days.
Hosted by over 40 Syngenta ambassadors, representing the company’s sites across the UK, the Precision Agriculture themed displays showcased how new technologies can change the way crops are grown and protected.
It told the Syngenta story from research in the laboratory, through to how products help farmers produce food in the field.
- Learn how drones and sensors can inform better agronomy decision making
- Explore the advanced engineering behind spray nozzles
- Become a Lettuce Hero by playing our precision agriculture game
- Discover the Learning Zone website and online resources, such as the Farm Tech iDEA badge
In collaboration with John Deere and FungiAlert, the stand also featured an awe-inspiring modern tractor and innovative high-tech soil sensors.
“It’s really cool, all the different technologies that farmers use just to put the food on our plates and the amount of knowledge that is needed to do this stuff," said one young visitor.
"I thought you just hopped into a tractor and off you go, bang you’re done. It’s just amazing!”
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encourages more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) initiatives with support from their parents and teachers.
Led by EngineeringUK, The Big Bang is developed in partnership with over 100 organisations from business & industry, government and the STEM community.