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IET Faraday Challenge Days

Young people work on a real-world engineering problem, exploring some of the challenges faced by industry today, with annual themes ranging from aerospace to theme parks, space exploration to railways. Students work together to design and build a prototype and present their findings back to the group.

The days are set up and run by a STEM professional and are free to schools. Support is provided by the challenge leader, but the emphasis is on students working as a self-directed and motivated team, navigating beyond their comfort zones and being challenged to explore their own solutions.

“I've learnt so many new things and enjoyed doing so. I came closer to my peers and learnt that engineering is more than building houses!” 

12-year-old girl

Faraday Challenge Days have been growing in popularity each year and are always oversubscribed. We are committed to providing a minimum of 80 Faraday Challenge Days each year. Through the generosity of our donors and sponsors, we are able to offer additional challenge days and work to meet the high demand for the programme.

In 2019/2020, 134 days were delivered and 47 schools were defined as hard-to-reach (high percentage of free school meals, rural areas and areas of low social mobility).