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IET Faraday Challenge Days

IET Faraday Challenge Days task students to research, design and make prototype solutions to real world engineering problems.

IET Faraday Challenge Days

IET Faraday Challenge Days are free, one-day cross-curricular STEM activity days that introduce students to engineering, inspire them to consider engineering as a career and help to develop their practical and employability skills, including team working, problem solving and creative thinking.

Faraday Challenge Days give 6 teams of 6 students, aged 12-13 years (England and Wales Year 8, Scotland S1/S2, Northern Ireland Year 9), the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to real-world engineering problems.

This annual competition, with events covering the whole of the UK, sees teams competing to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top teams at the end of the season are invited to the National Final to battle it out to be crowned the Faraday National Champions and win a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

The season will start in September 2022 and run right through to July 2023.

Events will be set up and run by an IET team of STEM professionals at no charge to UK schools.

You can apply to host a Faraday Challenge Days at your school with the option to invite teams from up to five other local schools or apply to be an invited school and take one team from your school along to another local event.

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
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Structures, construction and 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.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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