IET Faraday 2017 champions crowned

17 July 2017
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Finalists from this year's national IET Faraday Final

Six young engineers have shown off their STEM skills and won the IET's national Faraday engineering challenge. 

Students from Hammersmith Academy in London secured £1,000 for their school after beating four other school teams from across the UKon Wednesday 12 July at the Land Rover BAR base in Portsmouth.


Land Rover BAR is the British America’s Cup team led by 4-times Olympic gold medalist, Sir Ben Ainslie. The IET partnered with the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust, which promotes STEM education for young people for this season’s challenge. Teams were asked to develop two prototypes using a BBC micro:bit computer, to improve the performance of the Land Rover BAR sailing team.


The team from Hammersmith Academy, whose challenge day was sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation, presented the ‘Sky Sail’ which is a device that measures the angle of the wind using the compass on the micro:bit and trims the sail automatically to that angle. The team was made up of 4 girls and 2 boys.


David Lakin, IET Head of Education, said: “This year’s IET Faraday season has been one of the largest ever with over 4,500 students taking part across the UK. The quality of the student’s work throughout has been fantastic and it was an extremely close final – I’d like to congratulate SCHOOL on their win!


“Students who have taken part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year have experienced working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges 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. It’s also been fantastic working with the Land Rover BAR team, and the 1851 Trust on this.”


A team member from Hammersmith Academy said: “This helped me open my eyes on the world more and helped me see things differently.”


One-hundred and forty school and sponsored events took place across the UK to host the 2016-17 IET Faraday Challenge Days. Up to six teams of local school students competed at each event to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge. A total of 4,710 students took part across the UK.


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. To find out more information, please visit the IET Faraday website.