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IET Faraday® DIY Challenge

How does it work?

We provide you with a set of printable resources and guidance notes to run your day, enabling you to bring science, design and technology, engineering and maths (STEM) together in an engaging way.

Your students will learn key STEM skills and knowledge, as well as developing their problem solving, team working and communication skills.

There are a variety of different challenges to choose from and we provide all the resources you need to run one in your school.

Find out more about who it's for and what's included.

Please note, these resources and experiments have been specifically designed to be carried out with adult supervision or direction as appropriate, and it is recommended that the instructions are followed in a safe manner. All resources and experiments are carried out at your own risk.

Who is it for?

Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 12 – 13 years (Year Eight and equivalent), the activity day can be adapted for larger school groups and for students of different ability levels.

What’s included?

The complete set of downloadable materials needed to run your very own IET Faraday® Challenge Day includes:

  • Teacher’s pack - a list of the practical materials needed to run the activity, presenters’ notes highlighting key areas and reinforcing key themes throughout the day, some handy hints on how to deliver the day plus printable Faradays currency and student certificates that you can award to students at the end of the day.
  • Student booklet - available as an editable Word document for ease of use, adaptation and reproduction. Each team is asked to assign real industry roles and each team member will need to be assigned more than one role and feed into different aspects of the day. A great test of your students’ multitasking skills!
  • Introductory PowerPoint presentation - a step-by-step guide for you and your students, taking you through each element of the activity day.
  • Film clips - these clips can be viewed online or downloaded. You will need a video player installed on your computer which plays MP4 clips (digital media players are readily available to download for free online).
  • Start-up videos - have a look at our six start-up videos here where we take you through the days - how they should run and what they involve.
  • Student certificate - a new certificate which you can download below for all challenges and hand out to all participating students.


If you run one of our IET Faraday® DIY Challenge Days please do share your experience with us via our feedback form and case study template.