09 October 2012
Students from schools across Northern Ireland will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems.
Over the next week, 15 schools will take part in six events across Northern Ireland.
On Monday 15 October, teams from St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena will take will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Tuesday 16 October, St Marys High School will take host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from Limavady Grammar School and St Patrick’s College in Dungiven will also take part.
On Wednesday 17 October, Omagh Academy Grammar School in Tyrone will host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from Loreto Grammar School, Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh High School, Sacred Heart College and Drumragh Integrated College will also take part.
On Thursday 18 October, Kilkeel High School in County Down will take host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from St. Louis Grammar School, Newry High School and St. Columban’s College will also take part.
On Friday 19 October, teams from St Paul’s Junior High School in Lurgan, Armagh will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
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.