IET Faraday® Challenge Days
The IET Faraday® Challenge Days are cross-curricular STEM activity days designed for Year 8 students in England and Wales, S1/S2 students in Scotland and Year 9 students in Northern Ireland.
IET Faraday® Challenge Days are held at Schools, Organisations and Universities around the UK and give teams of students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to real-world engineering challenges.
The IET Faraday® Challenge Days are an annual competition that introduces students to engineering, inspires them to consider engineering as a career and helps to develop their practical and employability skills, including team working, problem solving and creative thinking.
Through its charitable arm, as well as external supporters, the IET provides the IET Faraday® Challenge Days at no charge to UK schools. More information on the season’s supporters can be found here Find out more about this season’s programme supporters.
Students win prizes for themselves and their school
The winners of each IET Faraday® Challenge Day will win a trophy for their school and gain a place on the national league table. The top teams from across the UK will be invited to the National Final at the end of the season to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM activities.
The 2023-24 IET Faraday® Challenge season will start in September 2023 and run right through to June 2024.
Teams should be made up of six students aged 12-13 years old (England and Wales Year 8, Scotland S1/S2, Northern Ireland Year 9). You can apply to take part in one of three ways:
Option A: host one of our Challenge Leader-led IET Faraday® Challenge Days at your school with the option to invite teams from up to five other local schools.
Option B: apply to be an invited school and take one team from your school along to another local event.
Option C: host one of our Challenge Leader-led IET Faraday® Challenge Days at your Organisation/University and invite teams from up to six local schools.
Please note: each school can only take part once per season and the IET Faraday® Challenge Days can only take place in UK schools, but different countries around the world are able to use our IET Faraday® DIY Challenge Days resources to run their own events. Find out how to take part if you're not based in the UK.
How to enter
Applications for the 2023-2024 season are now closed.
Applications for the 2024-2025 season will open in January 2024 so please come back then to apply to take part or email email@example.com for any enquires.