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Institution of Engineering and Technology Faraday Challenge Day at UTC@harbourside

Institution of Engineering and Technology Faraday Challenge Day at UTC@harbourside

UTC Harbourside are hosting the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge for Sussex. They are tasked with designing and producing a scale working model of something to do with Thorpe Park. Today a group of year 8 BACA students went to UTC to participate in the challenge.

IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. The challenge days enable young students to experience working as an engineer for a day. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.

There are five schools, each with a team of six year 8s representing Sussex. All have a chance of getting through to the final which will be held at Thorpe Park. The finalists will be treated to an afternoon at the park with dinner and a night in a hotel followed by the final the next day. The teams have been set a challenge that entails designing their model and then purchasing the equipment required to build the model with a limited budget, before building the model within a specified period. The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top teams from across the UK get an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Our school is passionate about giving our students new and exciting opportunities to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)   subjects. A strong UK economy relies on great engineering output, and it is crucial to get the engineers of the future interested at an early age. The event is set up and run by a team of IET STEM professionals to give teachers the time to focus on their students. It is an unbeatable opportunity to switch students on to the subject teachers love.

The IET Faraday Challenge Days are one-day STEM activities delivered in 68 schools free of charge by the IET, with the support of Kirby Laing Foundation and SC Johnson. This year a number of sponsors including IET academic partners, the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Bosch, Airbus, Arconic Foundation and the Jack Petchey Foundation have also funded an additional 101 events across the country.