Upper Third Former Wins Design Award

MTS Pupil Wins Award

Innovation for British Farming

Farmvention is where farming meets invention, organised by the NFU (National Farmers’ Union of Britain) that runs annually. I was extremely fortunate to have been chosen as one of the nine winners in the summer, when I developed a solution that would help the British farming community tackle climate change. I was invited to the Houses of Parliament to present my idea, the C-Shift, designed to extract and inject carbon into soil to increase crop yields for the agricultural sector. So, on the 24th November, my friends, Mr Reid, my parents and I were transported to the venue. It was my first time standing within the grounds of the House of Commons and I was very excited indeed – I marvelled at the amount of security installations at every entrance. We made our way through the halls to the terrace, where I set up a board with information about my product and displayed my model on the display stand provided. Many members of the NFU, prominent MPs, a variety of marketers, organisers, University representatives and even farmers themselves visited my stall. The farmers’ opinions were particularly interesting as I learnt directly from them how the invention could positively impact their daily lives. I had a constructive discussion with the President of the NFU – Minette Batters - who asked me many interesting questions. Merchant Taylors’ very own constituency MP, Mr Gagan Mohindra, was intrigued by my model. I showed him, and some visitors from the University of Manchester, my idea and how it worked too. I’d like to end with a huge thanks to the DT department for providing me with the tools and resources, with a special thanks to Mr Docherty and Mr Reid for guiding me through the journey of engineering the model. Also, a shoutout to Mr Reid and my friends: Aviral Agarwal, Pranay Patel, and Aran Fevzi for supporting me, helping me set up the display professionally and giving me the encouragement needed on the day - you were all wonderful! Finally, I’d like to thank my parents for supporting me through the competition and keeping me high-spirited on this adventure!

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