April 18 2013 | Views: 2335
Kent and Medway
On Thursday 18th April Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone hosted an IET Faraday Challenge Day for their students. The students became real-life engineers; researching, designing and building solutions to real engineering problems. The event aims to encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and consider exciting and rewarding careers in STEM that utilise creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.
Each Challenge Day involves six school teams each made up of six 12 to 13 year old students studying science, design technology or maths. Teams are given a secret engineering conundrum which sees them race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their STEM knowledge and skills to the test.
Prof Andy Hopper, IET President said: “The Faraday programme is all about inspiring and attracting tomorrow’s engineers. Engineering is often an invisible industry amongst young people. They sometimes have preconceived negative ideas about what engineers look like, the jobs they do, and what they can earn.”
Each team member in the winning group will be awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in London in June 2013 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.
To find out if a school near you is hosting a challenge, or to host a challenge in your school please see the website for more details: http://faraday.theiet.org/stem-activity-days/faraday-challenge-days/index.cfm