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Faraday Challenge Days

Delivered free of charge, Faraday Challenge Days are one-day STEM activities designed for Year Eight students (England) and their equivalents (aged 12-13 years).

We run the days in 68 schools and 12 academic partner universities – and further events are available as requested by funders and sponsors.

IET Faraday Challenge Days give six teams of six students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.

The event is set up and run by our team of STEM professionals, giving you the time to focus on your students.

Students win prizes for themselves and their school

The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top five teams from across the UK get an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Final in July to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Host schools

Host schools can either:

  • enter all six teams from their own school, or
  • enter one team from their own school, and invite five teams from local schools to join them.

Each team includes two students from Science, two from D&T, and two from Maths.

If you know of a school local to you who is hosting a Faraday Challenge Day this academic year, why not get in touch and see if you can bag your school an invite?

Please note that the Faraday Challenge Days take place in UK schools and colleges only, but different countries around the world are using Faraday resources to run their own challenge days.

How to enter

Applications have now CLOSED for the 2019-20 season. Successful schools will be notified in due course. 

CREST Discovery Award

By taking part in a Faraday Challenge Day, your students will meet the criteria for achieving a CREST Discovery Award. Entering students is a brilliant way for them to get the most out of their project.

CREST Awards is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. Around 40,000 students in the UK gain CREST Awards every year. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in STEM subjects.

CREST is widely recognised as a mark of high quality in STEM project work, is non-competitive, and as long as the project meets all of the CREST criteria at the expected level, the students will achieve their award.

To get awards for your students, visit the CREST Award website.

Industrial Cadets Awards

All students who take part in a Faraday Challenge Day in 2019-20 will receive an Industrial Cadets Challenger Award.

The top five teams in the UK will receive a Bronze Level Industrial Cadets Award at our National Final. This recognises that they’ve completed a minimum of 20 hours carrying out hands-on problem solving and critical thinking activities.

Industrial Cadets is run by the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) and works with UK employers to create a talent pipeline and a future skilled workforce, whilst helping young people to develop the skills they need to enter industry with confidence.