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Farming at primary and secondary schools

This is who we are

CSSF is a cooperative that pushes the boundaries for smart sustainable farming.

Front runners among farming companies, tech companies and knowledge institutions work together with other relevant stakeholders to stimulate a system change in the agri-food domain in order to fulfill the (coming) needs of the society and avoiding the negative impact of the sector that puts our long term food provision at risk.

Summary Agrifood Challenges

AgriFood challenges are big challenges for the next generations with an increasing world population in combination with global developments that endangers sufficient food supply like climate change resulting in more extremes occurring in the weather system (rising temperatures, drought, heavy rains), soil degradation & pollution, and biodiversity loss.

Big societal challenges in agrifood are also related to human health , to diet change and to animal welfare.

Farming at primary and secondary schools

This case centers around the technological solutions we might need if we want to start farming on a planet like Mars.
Celebrating the first moon landing 50 years ago, people start thinking about returning to the Moon and building a moon base.
Now we are thinking about going to Mars.

For any of these challenges astronauts may need to grow their own food since bringing food, even if it is freeze dried, may be to much payload. This challenge consist of two challenges:

Reconnecting to nature, introducing technology

This is why your input is valuable!

Your ideas and concepts could inspire teachers to introduce new agrotech projects in their education. Many young teachers for secondary education in science and engineering are educated at the TU/e (Eindhoven School of Education). Young teachers for primary education are educated closeby at Fontys.
You could also inspire students in primary or secondary school directly, i.e. not via the teacher, for instance with an event, workshop or program that either makes them curious and fascinated by growing food making use of existing technology or developing a simple or more advanced prototype of a technology for growing food. We can connect you with partners who can help you bring your ideas further.

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Desired Outcomes

  • Creative concepts
  • Technical solutions
  • Outside the box thinking
  • State of the art overviews are appreciated.

Follow up

Depending on the use case we can organize a visit to a relevant frontrunner farming or tech company. We can also provide a follow-up assignment that can fit with a course / educational project where you can earn credits while working on the follow-up assignment, and who knows, possibly leading to a student team participating in an international competition or to a startup?

Inspiration and background for this challenge

Farmbot in education