IET Faraday Challenge Days task students to research, design and make prototype solutions to real world engineering problems.
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.
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
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:
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.
STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of STEM-related jobs to help bring subjects to life.
A robotics-based STEM competition that develops 21st century workplace skills.