05 November 2012
Students from schools in Wales and the South West will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems.
On Tuesday 6 November, Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls (Monmouth) will host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from Monmouth Comprehensive School (Monmouth), Tockington Manor School (Bristol), King Henry VIII School (Abergavenny), Whitecross School (Hereford) and Caldicot School (Monmouth) will also take part.
On Wednesday 7 November, six teams from Ysgol Bro Pedr School (Ceredigion) will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Monday 12 November, teams from Rougemont School (Newport) will host a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Tuesday 13 November, six teams from Sir Thomas Picton School (Pembrokeshire) will take part in a Faraday Challenge Day.
On Wednesday 14 November, Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School (Port Talbot) will host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from Ystalyfera Welsh Medium Comprehensive School (Swansea), Duffryn Comprehensive School (Newport), Llangatwg Community School (Neath), Sandfields Comprehensive School (Port Talbot), Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School (Neath) will also take part.
On Thursday 15 November, Penyrtheol Comprehensive School will host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from Bryn Tawe Comprehensive School, Cefn Hengoed Comprehesive School, Pentrehafod Comprehensive School and Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive School (all Swansea) 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.