Hong Kong was the first country outside of the UK to start running a Faraday Challenge Day season, originally set up by Dr Robin Bradbeer and Dodi Mak from the IET’s Hong Kong office.
After a day of mentor training for the volunteers running the events, Hong Kong held their first Faraday Challenge Day on 31 May 2014. Student teams came from Hong Kong and Macau to take on our Mission to Mars challenge. There was positive feedback from students and teachers alike!
After a successful season, the Hong Kong team hosted their very first Final on 11 July 2015, with four out of the six heat winners taking part. There were only four marks separating the teams at the end of the day, but victory went to the Queen Elizabeth School.
The team said: “We passed all the challenges, our rocket launched smoothly and we finally won the grand prize. If there are any competitions about design and technology in the future, all of us would like to join in again.”
The Hong Kong team began their 2015-16 season at the Hong Kong and Kowloon Chiu Chow Public Association Secondary School (CCPASS) on 12 December 2015. There were around 11 members and 55 non-members participating in the event on the Remote operations challenge. Further events took place in March and May in Hong Kong and Macau.
Perhaps our aspiration for a global Faraday Final is closer than we think!