Lewes students take out first place in IET Faraday Challenge

26 June 2013
IET Communications team
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Faraday Challenge winners 2013

This year's winning Faraday Challenge team from Priory School in Lewes.  

Communications solution wins students £1k for their school.

A team of students from Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, have won the IET’s annual Faraday Challenge Days competition.

This year, schools from across the UK were tasked with solving a communications problem through the use of engineering and technology.

In the action-packed final, held at IET London: Savoy Place on 21 June, teams had to develop a solution that would allow communication between two isolated towns affected by a natural disaster.

Keira Sewell, challenge leader and judge, said: “The Faraday Challenge Final was a really great event, with three young teams showing some very impressive skill and imagination. Priory School impressed us with their confidence, their innovative ideas and their ability to execute those ideas. Congratulations to all the teams involved, throughout a very enjoyable year culminating in a fantastic final!”

Tania Schrafft, head teacher at Priory School, said: “The team did really well to get to the final, and then win the grand prize. I believe they won because their idea was innovative and presented very well to the judges. The boys were very confident talking about their idea and I think that really paid off.”

As overall winners, the team will receive a cash prize of £1,000 for their school.

Second place, with a prize of £500, went to St Aidan’s Church of England High School in Harrogate, with third place and £250 going to Beaumont School from St. Albans.

 

More information

IET Faraday Challenge Days give students, aged 12 to 13 years, the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.

The 2013/14 competition is already open for applications, and all the details are available on the Faraday Challenge Days webpage.

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