Jan 2019 / Potential for Growth

The race is on for the Lincolnshire Show Schools’ Challenge

Lincolnshire schools looking to develop their students’ understanding of food, farming and sustainability are urged to enter this year’s Lincolnshire Show Schools’ Challenge, taking place at the Lincolnshire Showground on 20 and 21 June 2018.

The Schools’ Challenge is completely free to enter and is open to primary, secondary and special schools from all over Greater Lincolnshire. There are ten different challenges to choose from, all linked to our county’s rich agricultural history, horticulture and land based activities – from designing a healthy school lunch to looking at how to reduce food waste in school, developing new food products using the latest in farming technology, designing and building gardens or developing a media campaign to advertise the Show’s Aviation Zone, linking to this year’s RAF centenary. Once schools have selected a challenge, students then develop their ideas and creative integrated displays in the run up to the Show, where they showcase their learning and understanding to the public. Each category is judged by education and farming specialists before the Schools’ Challenge champions are crowned!

The challenges have been developed in partnership with some of Lincolnshire’s top businesses including Beeswax Dyson FarmingAnglian Water and Branston Ltd. Schools also have the opportunity to work with a business or farming mentor who will support them on their Schools’ Challenge journey.

As part of their chosen challenge, participating schools are eligible for free tickets to explore the sights and sounds of the Show.

The Schools’ Challenge is organised by The EBP in partnership with the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and is sponsored by Beeswax Dyson FarmingBranston LtdFarmacy plcthe Farm KitchenRiseholme College, a part of Bishop Burton College, and the Willows Garden Centre and Restaurant.

Teachers are invited to attend a free Partnership Networking Event at the Showground on Thursday 1 February 2018, where they can gain valuable tips and advice from farming mentors and experts in the field, along with guidance and resources to support their school in its Lincolnshire Show Schools’ Challenge.

Many schools have already started their Schools’ Challenge journey, with students busy working on their chosen challenges. Places are still available, visit www.the-ebp.co.uk/lincolnshire-show-schools-challenge for more information.

Image credit: Kamara Photography, Lincoln

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