21 January 2011
Budding young engineers from 17 schools in Wales are set to take up the task of researching, designing and building solutions to real engineering problems.
Four Faraday engineering challenge days will take place week commencing Monday 24 January 2011. The events are part of 45 Faraday engineering challenge days, which will be attended by pupils from 270 schools across the UK. The events are organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Rougemont School in Newport will host the challenge day on Tuesday 25 January. Teams from Llantarnam School (Torfaen), West Monmouth School (Torfaen) and Bishop of Llandaff School (Cardiff) will also take part.
Morriston Comprehensive School in Swansea will host the challenge day on Wednesday 26 January. Teams from Penyrheol Comprehensive School, Pentrehafod Comprehensive School and Bryntawe School will also take part.
Dyffryn Comprehensive School in Neath will host the challenge day on Thursday 27 January. Teams from Glan Afan School, Sandfields Comprehensive School and Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School will also take part.
Caldicot School in Port Talbot will host the challenge day on Friday 28 January. Teams from King Henry VIII School, Chepstow Comprehensive School, Monmouth Comprehensive School and St Albans RC Comprehensive School will also attend.
The challenge days aim to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by encouraging creativity, innovation and problem solving skills.
Gareth James, the IET’s Head of Education, said: “The Faraday programme is all about inspiring and attracting tomorrow’s engineers. Engineering is often an invisible industry amongst young people. They also have preconceived negative ideas about what engineers look like and the jobs they do.
“Through these challenge days and the entire Faraday programme we aim to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects and consider engineering as a possible career path.
“The young people attending the challenge days will experience hands-on, practical events to challenge their perceptions and make them realise engineering is an exciting, rewarding career path.”
Each challenge day comprises teams of six 12 to 13-year-olds. From the 270 schools participating, the three top teams will be invited to participate in the UK final at the Big Bang Fair in London during March 2011 to battle it out for the top prize of £1,000.