Alternatively, you may wish to run the same challenge as the UK in an academic year to make it into an inter-country competition for a further challenge.
In Brunei, the IET Faraday® Challenge started back in 2015 with a pilot event held at St. Andrew’s School. The Brunei Young Professional Network then ran a further six events during the 2015-16 season and held a national final for each of the winning teams. From then on it has become an annual challenge with collaboration of the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre and the Ministry of Education and has seen increased schools participate year on year.
In 2019 the first South East Asia regional IET Faraday® Challenge event took place with the winning teams from Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore’s national competitions. The winning team was Raffles Girls School from Singapore.
Hong Kong was the first country outside of the UK to run a IET Faraday® Challenge Day, originally set up by Dr Robin Bradbeer and Dodi Mak from the IET’s Hong Kong office.
Hong Kong held their first IET Faraday® Challenge Day in 2014 and after a successful season of events their first national final in 2015. The IET Faraday® Challenge has gone on to be run as a national competition each year since then. In 2020 the IET Faraday® Challenge was adapted to a school-based, teacher-led format which allowed teachers to run the IET Faraday® Challenge in school. The winning teams from each school then took part in a national final during the IET 150 Carnival.
Malaysia organised the IET Faraday® Challenge as a national challenge for the first time in 2019. This was a collaborative effort between IET Malaysia and the IET On Campus teams, in partnership with the Ministry of Education Malaysia.
The IET Faraday® Challenge has gone on to be run as a national competition year on year since then, made possible with the generous support of Honeywell, the main sponsor, as well as other corporate and venue sponsors.
The first ever IET Faraday® Challenge Day in Mexico was held in 2019 and was run by the Sci-Kid Club and directly involved 28 young people and their families.
The event was part of the ‘Kids Entrepreneur’s Fair’ a major event organised by the Instituto Mexiquense del Emprendedor. For this first event, the Remote operations challenge was used - inspired by DaVinci’s robot.
Mexico is hoping to run more IET Faraday® Challenge Days in the near future.
Great work Mexico!
The inaugural IET Faraday® Challenge Day took place in Singapore in 2015 and was a resounding success.
Singapore did it a little differently by targeting Singapore self-help organisations and the general public to increase awareness of the programme and to let more people benefit from the challenge. Since then, there has been annual competition each year and in 2019 this fed into the South East Asia regional final in Brunei with teams from Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore competing.