Previous winners

2019-20 season

A record-breaking 210 Faraday Challenge Days were planned for the 2019-20 season, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s decision to close schools in March 2020 we had to cut the season short and innovate. Despite this we were still able to deliver a total of 134 events with 320 schools and 4,493 students involved.

The theme for the season was in association with Airbus, with teams being given the task of developing a product which would help Airbus in delivering support to international aid organisations and humanitarian causes with their product either helping Airbus transport aid or help people in times of need.

We also adapted the challenge into a Virtual Faraday Challenge and opened the competition up for anyone between 7 and 15 years, with the option for young people to take part at home, in school, individually or as a group or family. The Virtual Faraday Challenge received 165 entries with 257 participants involved.

Nina and Jonathan

Nina and Jonathan

2018-19 season

The 2018-19 season of Faraday Challenge Days saw 189 events take place across the country, with 475 schools and 6,326 students involved.

The Faraday Challenge season partnered with the James Webb Space Telescope and students had to assist the engineering mission of the ‘Webb’ and make a working prototype of their design which had to include a circuit.

The National Final took place at the Royal Observatory on 10 July 2019 and Lenzie Academy from Glasgow won the title!

Thank you to everyone involved in the season!

Lenzie Academy, Glasgow

Lenzie Academy, Glasgow

2017-18 season

The 2017-18 season was our biggest season to date! It saw 167 events take place across the county, with 480 schools and 5,670 students involved!

In its 10th anniversary year, the Faraday Challenge partnered with Thorpe Park to give students an adrenalin-packed challenge where they had to design a new attraction for the theme park and make a working prototype of one element of their design which had to include a circuit.

The National Final took place at Thorpe Park on 11 July 2018 and King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls in Birmingham won the title.

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham

2016-17 season

For the 2016-17 season, the Faraday Challenge Day team travelled the length and breadth of the country running 140 events and meeting some fantastic 12-13-year-old students.

Students were tasked with designing two prototypes using a BBC micro:bit that would improve the performance of the Land Rover BAR team in their bid to win the America’s Cup!

The National Final took place at the Land Rover BAR base in Portsmouth on 12 July 2017 - a fantastic event which saw the team from Hammersmith Academy take home the top prize for their school and their very proud teachers as shown in the image featured.

Hammersmith Academy

Hammersmith Academy

2015-16 season

The 2015-16 season was a season with a difference! Instead of our usual Year Eight students, for this season only the challenges were aimed at Year Seven students to tie in with the BBC micro:bit project. A total of 126 events took place involving 309 schools and 4,338 students!

Kings' School from Winchester took home the champions trophy after being crowned the overall winners at the National Final at Bletchley Park on 15 July 2016.

A big thank you to all the host schools and supporting organisations!

 

Kings' School, Winchester

Kings' School, Winchester

2014-15 season

The 2014-15 season of Faraday Challenge Days involved 47 schools, 12 academic partner universities and over 2,000 students!

Ulverston Victoria High School were crowned the overall winners at the National Final on 19 June 2015.

 

 

 

Ulverston Victoria High School

Ulverston Victoria High School

2013-14 season

The 2013-14 season of Faraday Challenge Days involved over 2,080 students with 171 schools taking part in venues throughout the UK. 45 host schools took part, as well as 12 IET academic partner host universities and two further events were held at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) laboratories in Warrington and Oxfordshire.

Kingsbridge Community College were crowned the overall winners at the National Final on 20 June 2014.

2012-13 season

The 2012-13 season of Faraday Challenge Days theme was Rehydration Station. There were 45 host schools, as well as 11 IET academic partner host universities.

The Priory School, Lewes, East Sussex were crowned the overall winners at the National Final on 21 June 2013.

2011-12 season

The 2011-12 season of Faraday Challenge Days theme was Emergency Communications. There were 45 host schools, as well as 12 IET academic partner host universities.

Church Stretton School, Shropshire were crowned the overall winners at the National Final on 22 June 2012.