We are very proud to announce that a team from HCC won our hosted event!
Students from Holsworthy Community College took part in an IET Faraday Challenge Day (FCD). The students became real-life engineers for a day when they researched, designed and built solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day on Wednesday 16th January.
A total of 176 events are taking place across the UK to host 2018-19 IET Faraday Challenge Days. Up to six teams of local school students compete at each event to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge. The events are free of charge and set up by IET staff and volunteers. We were fortunate that HCC was selected as one of only 68 schools chosen to host the event.
This year’s challenge is in association with the James Webb Space Telescope, but the brief for these young engineers is 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.
Natalie Clerke, IET Faraday Education Manager, said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year will experience working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to the James Webb Space Telescope.”
“There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we’re confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and inspire the next generation by giving them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety a career in engineering can offer and just how exciting and creative engineering is.”
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 was awarded a £10 Amazon gift card and the team also received a trophy for our school. The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final at The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh in 2019 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.
For more information on the IET and its initiatives to promote STEM subjects and careers in the classroom, visit the dedicated websites for Secondary and Primary schools.
“The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and really threw themselves into the challenge – working excellently in their teams. They studied the brief and came up with solutions, then reflected on their results and consequently improved them. Because of the team’s outstanding group work, they managed to produce a complicated and excellent model, which although resulted from a relatively simple concept, they improved after they really pushed themselves. I am extremely proud of our team and delighted they won and their efforts were rewarded. We are now looking forward to the next round!”