Press release

Wilts and Gloucs schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

11 February 2011

Budding young engineers from nine schools in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire are set to take up the task of researching, designing and building solutions to real engineering problems.

On Thursday 17 February, Abbeyfield School in Chippenham will host a Faraday engineering challenge day.  Teams from St Johns School, Hardenhuish School, John of Gaunt School and The Cotswold School will also take part.

On Friday 18 February, Stroud High School will host a Faraday engineering challenge day.  Teams from Archway School, Cirencester Kingshill School and Winchcombe School will also take part.

The events are part of the 45 Faraday engineering challenge days, which will involve pupils from 270 schools across the UK.  The events are organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

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 will comprise six 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 to battle it out for the top prize of £1,000.

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912

Notes to editors:

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