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Local schools to take part in national engineering challenge

03 November 2016


Students from across the country will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day which has now launched.

One-hundred and forty school and sponsored events are taking place across the UK to host 2016-17 IET Faraday Challenge Days during October 2016 and June 2017. Up to six teams of local school students will compete at each event to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge. The events will be free of charge and set up by IET staff and volunteers.

Teams must race against the clock to solve real-life engineering problems based on those actually faced on a daily basis by the Land Rover BAR team during training as part of the IET’s partnership with the 1851 Trust and BT STEM Crew. The Trust works to enable and encourage young people from a wide demographic to experience sailing, understand the career choices and opportunities in STEM subjects and act sustainably.

Holly Margerison-Smith, IET Faraday Education Manager, said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year will experience working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to the Land Rover BAR team in the hope that this will give them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety a career in engineering can offer and the central role it plays in our everyday lives.

“There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we’re confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and inspire a new generation with digital technology.”

The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and computing by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.

Each team member in the winning group will be awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in 2017 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.

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To find out more about the IET's Faraday Challenge Days, please visit the IET Faraday website.