On Tuesday 21st November, five students went to Hemsworth Academy to compete in a Faraday Challenge Day run by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The IET work to encourage more young people to engage in the STEM agenda and to consider engineering as a possible career path.
The IET Faraday Challenge Days are cross-curricular activity days covering Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). They are held at schools and colleges around the UK.
The Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.
Last year the Faraday Challenge Days involved 327 schools across the UK, with the National Final held at Land Rover Bar HQ in Portsmouth. The top five school teams last year received an all-expenses paid trip to the final where they all competed for a cash prize of up to £1,000 towards science, D&T and maths equipment for their school.
Our team was competing against six schools in this region and won that. They had to design a new attraction for Thorpe Park, which followed a very specific brief, and produce part of the attraction which needed to include an electrical circuit. They designed a ride that would be suitable for all ages as well as being accessible for disabled customers. They produced their entrance to the ride, which included a pressure pad which caused the bulbs to light up once people stood on them. Their score (which you do not get told) was submitted to the IET. Once they have completed all this years Faraday challenges across the UK, the top 5 scoring teams will get entered into the final. We are expecting to find out in June.