Faraday engineering challenge days
Budding young engineers from throughout the UK are set to take up the task of researching, designing and making solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. Pupils from 210 schools will be taking part in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday engineering challenge days. The events, which kick off on 17 November, aim to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The theme of the Faraday programme this year is Urban Evolution and is an exploration into the technologies that support sustainable urban living. Each of the 35 challenge days will involve six teams of six 12 to 13-year-olds taking part. From the 210 schools participating, three teams will be selected to participate in the UK final which will be held at the Big Bang science and engineering festival in Manchester in March 2010. Gareth James, the IET’s head of education 5-19, said, “The Faraday programme is all about inspiring and attracting tomorrow’s engineers. Engineering is often seen as an invisible industry amongst young people. They also have preconceived ideas about what engineers look like and the jobs they do. “Through these challenge days and the entire Faraday programme we aim to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects and consider engineering as a possible career path. “The young people attending the challenge days will experience hands-on, practical events to challenge their perceptions, and make them realise that engineering is an exciting, rewarding career path.