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IET Virtual Faraday Challenge

The Virtual Faraday Challenge is open to young people at home, in school, individually or as a group/family

IET Virtual Faraday Challenge

Based on a real-world problem, the Virtual Faraday Challenge brings together STEM subjects (science, design and technology, engineering and maths) in an engaging way and encourages the development of young people’s problem solving and communication skills.


This season’s Virtual Faraday Challenge tasks young people to see if they can assist the work of Network Rail in helping them to sustainably manage the increasing numbers of passengers using their network and work in the way engineers do in designing a new product.

The brief for the challenge is given by video from our Faraday Challenge Day Challenge Leaders and young people have to demonstrate that they have the engineering skills required to think of a solution and produce a design of their idea.

The challenge does not require young people to have access to any equipment as they will only be submitting a design so it can be done at home or as a self-directed task.


Designed to inspire young people to get creative, there is no time limit, but we will only be able to judge their ideas on what they present to us.

Entries need to be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation following the guidance in the brief. The best entries will receive a prize and may even feature on our website. The competition will run until July 2021 and entries will be judged monthly.

 

 

 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • General Engineering
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

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