Latest IET Faraday Challenge Days season gets underway

18 October 2017
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IET Faraday Challenge Days

IET and THORPE PARK Resort set national engineering challenge to spark pupils’ excitement for STEM learning and their future careers.

A total of 169 events are taking place across the UK to host the 2017-18 IET Faraday Challenge Days. Up to six teams of local school students aged 12-13 years will compete at each event to find the best solution to a secret engineering-related challenge set by THORPE PARK Resort.


The theme is shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research but teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.


The IET Faraday Challenge Days, 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 in a fast-paced, modern engineering challenge.


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 THORPE PARK Resort. The Challenge Days will give them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety a career in engineering can offer and just how exciting and creative engineering is."


Each team member in the winning group from every Challenge Day 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 at THORPE PARK Resort in 2018 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.


The Faraday Challenge Days are part of the IET’s wider Faraday education programme, made up of a whole host of teaching resources and activities to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow.


For more information on the IET and its initiatives to promote STEM subjects and careers in the classroom, visit the dedicated websites for Secondary and Primary schools.