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The IET Faraday Challenge

On Monday the 9th December some of our Year 8 Students became real-life engineers for a day. Students researched, designed and built solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day sponsored by Airbus and Jack Petchey. The IET Faraday Challenge Days are cross-curricular activity days covering Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The day started with an introduction to the Challenge Leader and to The Faraday Challenge. This year’s challenge is in association with Airbus and is based on humanitarian aid but the brief is shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research. Our six teams had to Identify the problems and generate initial design ideas, then decide their team roles and agree on final product design. It was a race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test and build their chosen design. In the afternoon they had to test, adjust and modify their design solutions, record their progress and accounting and put together a full presentation for their final design to present to the other teams. 

Congratulations to Team 2, Hamedshah, Even, Rohan, Elias, Arven and Daniel.

Each member in the winning team was awarded a prize and a trophy for our school. They will also go onto The IET Faraday Challenge schools league table and, at the end of the year, the top teams from each region will be invited to a regional final in June. The winning five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final at Airbus in Bristol in July 2020 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Our students really enjoyed the day and The Challenge day gave our students the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. By taking part in a Challenge Day, our students have received an Industrial Cadets Challenger Award for completing a hands-on problem solving and critical thinking activity. Industrial Cadets is run by The Engineering Development Trust and works with UK employers to create a talent pipeline and a future skilled workforce, whilst helping young people to develop the skills they need to enter industry with confidence. For more information go to: https://www.industrialcadets.org.uk/.

Our students are also eligible to receive a CREST Discovery Award from the British Science Association. CREST Discovery recognises quality STEM project work that is done over a short period of time (usually a day). It focuses on fun, teamwork and transferable skills, whilst putting projects into a real-world context. . For more information go to: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have been working for many years to encourage more young people to engage in the STEM agenda and to consider engineering as a possible career path. The Faraday Challenge Days are part of a wider Education programme, made up of a whole host of teaching resources and activities to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow.

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 Airbus.”

“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 really 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.

For more information on the IET and its initiatives to promote STEM subjects and careers visit the dedicated websites for Secondary and Primary schools.

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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