19 November 2013
Students from the Highcrest Academy in High Wycombe 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 on 20 November.
Forty-five schools across the UK have been chosen to host the 2013-14 IET Faraday Challenge Days. Six teams of local school students will compete 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.
The brief for these young engineers will be shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research. Teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.
Gareth James, IET Head of Education, said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days experience hands-on design and practical work giving them a peek into the life of a real engineer, the variety of engineering out there 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 hopefully make them consider engineering as a career choice.”
The events 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.
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 Oxford next year 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.