25 September 2012
Students from schools across Scotland will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems.
Over the next two weeks, 18 schools will take part in six events across Scotland.
On Tuesday 25 September, Bell Baxter High School in Fife will take host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from Buckhaven High School, Auchmuty High School and Kirkland High School will also take part.
On Wednesday 26 September, Crieff High School in Perthshire will take host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from The Community School of Auchterarder, Breadalbane Academy, Pitlochry High School and Morrison’s Academy will also take part.
On Thursday 27 September, teams from Fortrose Academy in Ross-shire will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Tuesday 2 October, teams from Lomond School in Argyll and Bute will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Wednesday 3 October, teams from Irvine Academy in Ayrshire will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Thursday 4 October, Lockerbie Academy in Dumfries & Galloway will take host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from St Joseph’s College, Dumfries High School, Sanquar Academy, Langholm Academy and Dumfries Academy will also take part.
These events are part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday education programme which includes 55 practical challenge days across the UK.
The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.
Each Challenge Day involves six school teams each made up of six 12 to 13 year old students studying Science, Design Technology or Maths. Teams are given a secret engineering conundrum which sees them race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their STEM knowledge and skills to the test.
Dr Dee Halil, IET Education Manager, said: “Students taking part in the Faraday Challenge Days experience hands-on design and practical work giving them a peek into the life of a real engineer, the variety of engineering out there and the central role it plays in our everyday lives.
“There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we are confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and hopefully make them consider engineering as a career choice.”
Each team member in the winning group will be awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in London in June 2013 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.
The Faraday Challenge Days are part of a wider Faraday education programme, made up of a whole host of teaching resources and activities to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow.