07 February 2011
Students from six Hertfordshire schools will today (Monday 7 February) be joined by local MP Stephen McPartland and Chief Executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Nigel Fine as they compete in a special engineering challenge.
The budding engineers from Barnwell, Nobel, Marriotts, Thomas Alleyne (all in Stevenage), Richard Hale (Hertford) and Hitchin Girls’ Schools, will take on the task of researching, designing and building solutions to a real engineering problem at the Faraday challenge day which takes place at the IET’s headquarters in Six Hills Way, Stevenage.
The event has been organised by the IET and is part of its wide ranging education programme which aims to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Nigel Fine said: “We are delighted to welcome the students and Stephen McPartland to the IET. These hands-on, practical events challenge young peoples’ perceptions about engineering and show that it is an exciting, rewarding career path.”
Stephen McPartland MP said: “I am delighted we have such a strong engineering base in Stevenage, 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 and I am looking forward to watching how they tackle the event today.”
The event is one of 45 IET Faraday engineering challenge days, which involve pupils from 270 schools across the UK.
The challenge days aim to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging creativity, innovation and problem solving skills.
Each challenge day comprises teams of 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.