25 June 2013
Students from Priory School in Lewes have won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Days competition.
Schools from across the UK were tasked with solving a communications problem through the use of engineering and technology. Teams had to develop a solution that would allow communication between two isolated towns affected by a natural disaster. Not only did the teams have to design and build a prototype allowing 2-way communication of coded messages between the two towns, they also had to create a code using sound and light that would allow for messages to be sent from one town and received and responded to by another.
Keira Sewell, Challenge Leader and Judge, said: ““The Faraday Challenge Final was a really great event, with three young teams showing some very impressive skill and imagination. Priory School impressed us with their confidence, their innovative ideas and their ability to execute those ideas. Congratulations to all the teams involved, throughout a very enjoyable year culminating in a fantastic final!”
Tania Schrafft, Headteacher at Priory School, said: ““The team did really well to get to the final, and then win the grand prize. I believe they won because their idea was innovative and presented very well to the judges. The boys were very confident talking about their idea and I think that really paid off.”
The two other teams in the final were Beaumont School from St. Albans and St Aidan’s C of E High School in Harrogate. The team from St. Aidan’s school, who came second, went away with £500, while the 3rd place team from St Albans received £250.
The Faraday Challenge Days competition 2013/14 is already open for applications. Visit the iet.org/faraday for more information.
Delivered in 45 schools free of charge by the IET, the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities designed for six teams of six students aged 12-13 years. There are an additional 12 extra dates held at IET Academic Partner universities across the UK.
IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.