Local schools take part in UK engineering challenge
Wed, Sep 19, 2018 2:18 PM

Students from The Burgess Hill Academy took part in an IET Faraday Challenge Day (FCD). The students became real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day on 12th September.


A total of 176 events are taking place across the UK to host 2018-19 IET Faraday Challenge Days. Up to six teams of local school students will compete at each event to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge. This year’s challenge is in association with the James Webb Space Telescope but the brief for these young engineers is shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research. Teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.


Each team member in the winning group were awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final at The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh in 2019 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.


“On Wednesday 12th September, year eight students competed in a national competition called the Faraday challenge. We were split into teams of six and worked together using our imagination. As a group, we decided who we wanted as a project manager and they led the group for the day. We were lucky enough to be able to have the competition held in our school which meant that more of us students were able to take part. We had to think outside the box to create a prototype no one else would create and I think that my group was successful in doing this. Being product manager was hard but rewarding as my group did amazingly. I am glad that I was able to take part in this competition and I hope that my group succeeds to the final of the competition.” Izzy, year 8