National Schools Partnership and the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) launch Faraday Challenge Season in Scotland this week.
Faraday Challenge Days bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), subjects to life for children aged 12 and 13 by presenting them with exciting real life engineering problems to solve. This year there will be 57 Challenge Days inspiring the next generation of engineers across the UK.
The two pilot events were a great success with pupils racing against the clock to develop innovative solutions. One pupil said of the experience “it made me realise I knew more than I thought I did,” and another said “we progressed through the day and gained knowledge from others.”
Winning teams will be rewarded with a trophy for their school as well as fantastic individual prizes. The top three teams will progress to the National Final in June 2013 where they can win an all expenses paid trip to London plus £1000 for their school.
National Schools Partnership will oversee each top secret Challenge Day, provide the resources, and develop corresponding lesson activities to complement the STEM curricula. The educational resources feature six films bringing to life different kinds of engineering careers and organisations.