Students from Prior Park Prep School 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.
Forty-five schools across the UK have been chosen to host the 2013-14 IET Faraday Challenge Days and Prior Park was one of the lucky schools selected to host.
Six teams of students competed to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge. Other schools present at Prior Park included Cheam, Rendcomb and Beaudesert.
The teams raced against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test. Each team spent the day designing and building a rocket using a variety of different materials. The overall winners were Cheam School, who won Amazon vouchers and a trophy for their school.
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.
Headmaster Mark Pearce said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days experience hands-on design and practical work giving them a peek into the life of a real engineer, the variety of engineering out there and the central role it plays in our everyday lives.
“There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we’re confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and hopefully make them consider engineering as a career choice.”
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.
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