Press release

Cheshire schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

05 March 2013

Students from schools in Hyde and the surrounding areas will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems.

On Tuesday 5 March, Hyde Community College (Hyde) is hosting a Faraday Challenge Day. The schools taking part are Denton Community College, Mossley Hollins, Waterhead Academy, The Radclyffe School and The BlueCoat CofE School, Oldham.

On Wednesday 20 March, Great Sankey High School will host a Faraday Challenge Day. The schools taking part will be William Beamont Community School, Culcheth High School, St Gregory's Catholic High School, Birchwood Community High School and Cardinal Newman Catholic High School.

These events are part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday education programme which includes 55 practical challenge days across the UK.

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

Each Challenge Day involves six school teams each made up of six 12 to 13 year old students studying science, design technology or maths. Teams are given a secret engineering conundrum which sees them race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their STEM knowledge and skills to the test.

Prof Andy Hopper, IET President said: “The Faraday programme is all about inspiring and attracting tomorrow’s engineers.  Engineering is often an invisible industry amongst young people.  They sometimes have preconceived negative ideas about what engineers look like, the jobs they do and what they can earn.

“Through these challenge days and the entire Faraday programme we aim to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects and consider engineering as a possible career path.

“The students attending the challenge days will experience hands-on, practical events to challenge their perceptions and make them realise engineering is an exciting, rewarding career path.”

Each team member in the winning group will be awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in London in June 2013 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

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