Inspiring the next generation of engineers

15 February 2011
IET Communications team
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The Faraday Engineering Challenge Days made a stop at the IET’s Stevenage, Hertfordshire headquarters recently, as part of the Institution’s wide-ranging efforts to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Students from six local schools competed in researching, designing and building solutions to a real engineering problem at the IET’s Michael Faraday House offices on Monday 7 February.

Member of Parliament for Stevenage Stephen McPartland was also in attendance, commenting: “We are very lucky to have such gifted youngsters that will no doubt become the great engineers of the future. Events such as this one hosted by the IET are fantastic for young people who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering.”

Established by the IET in 2008, the Faraday Engineering Challenge Days aim to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Challenge Day teams are comprised of 12 to 13-year-olds and this year’s competition involves 45 events and 270 schools from across the UK.

The three top schools will be invited to battle it out for a prize of £1,000 at the Big Bang Fair in London in March 2011.

According to IET Head of Education Gareth James, the Challenge Days are just one element in an ongoing and wider IET programme which aims to support STEM studies.

“One of the IET’s key priorities is to help foster the engineering and technology talent of tomorrow, and this is achieved through several different activities and events each year,” Gareth said.

“In addition to the Faraday Engineering Challenge Days, the IET produces a wide range of school teaching resources; including lesson activities, posters and careers materials. We also support many providers of engineering-based activities for students. For example, we recently became a headline supporter of Greenpower, a national electric car competition for nine to 25-year-olds.”

The IET also has a magazine for teenagers, Flipside, covering everything from music and films to sport and adventure.

For more information on the IET’s education programme, please visit the IET Faraday website.