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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

In light of the rapidly developing health emergency presented by COVID-19 the IET has taken the decision to suspend the delivery of IET Faraday Challenge Days from Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice. We have informed all host schools that the programme is suspended and asked them to cascade the information to visiting schools. Priority will be given next season to those hosts whose challenge days have been cancelled this season.

IET Faraday Challenge Days 2019-20

The 2019-20 season of Faraday Challenge Days is set to be our biggest season to date! These events will be aimed at Year Eight (England) and their equivalents across the whole of the UK.

The challenge this year will be kept under wraps until we arrive at your school, but we can tell you our partner this year is Airbus. You don’t need to worry as we will be bringing everything that your students need to complete the challenge with us. The season will start in September 2019 and run right through to June 2020.

The National Final is in July

The winning team from each event will take home a voucher for themselves as well as gaining a place on the league table. For the first time this season we will be introducing regional finals for the top teams who will then battle it out to gain a place at our National Final in July 2020. These teams of finalists will be treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to the event, as well as being in with the chance of taking home £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM activities.

Taking part?

Download information packs for the 2019-20 season of events below. These packs provide you with all of the details required for hosting and/or participating in one of our Faraday Challenge Days so please do read through the information carefully.

Regional league tables

Don't forget to keep an eye on the league tables to see if your school appears, and best of luck to all teams taking part this year.

Option A

For all school hosts inviting schools to take part in their challenge days, please download the following:

Option B

For all universities hosting for six local schools, please download the following:

Option C

For all Jack Petchey Foundation school hosts, please download the following:

State schools in London and Essex are invited to take part in the Faraday Challenge Day season, sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation (JPF).

Finalists from each event are invited to attend the JPF Festival for Aspiring Engineers in the summer to celebrate their achievements.

All teachers involved in the programme are invited to attend a STEM development session to learn more about the Faraday programme and the wider range of STEM activities available to them.

Faraday Challenge Day media toolkit

If you are taking part in a Faraday Challenge Day, we want you to shout about it to your local media.

Regional newspapers, radio and television stations love stories like the IET Faraday Challenge Days, because they show local students doing exciting and innovative new things with engineering and technology skills.

Download the 2019-20 Faraday Challenge Day Media Toolkit.

School's badge

Once you have taken part in a Faraday Challenge Day why not download our school's badge. Add it to your school website, email signature or print it out to put up in your classroom!

Host schools 2019-20

The 2019-20 season of Faraday Challenge Days have already received 405 applications to host one of the 68 in-school events available. We are very pleased to announce that a number of individuals and organisations have come forward and offered to sponsor an event so that we can run 210 Faraday Challenge Days. These include Airbus, Jack Petchey Foundation, Keith Thrower, NATS, QMUL, Science & Technology Facilities Council, Tesco, and The Reece Foundation.

The 2019-20 host schools are shown in the map below.