The 2021-22 season of IET Faraday® Challenge Days saw 165 IET Faraday® Challenge Days take place across the UK with 285 schools, 959 teams and 5,429 students involved.
This season’s challenge was in association with the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) and tasked teams to design a prototype that could be used in a children’s hospital to make a stay in hospital more comfortable for young patients and their families, carers and friends.
The National Final took place on 29 June 2022 at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and St Aidan’s School from North Lanarkshire became the season champions!
The Virtual IET Faraday® Challenge received 29 entries with 123 participants involved.
Well done to everyone who took part this season!
As school closures and restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic continued throughout the academic year the 2020-21 season of IET Faraday® Challenge Days was again adapted and this time was delivered as Teacher-led IET Faraday® Challenge Days and a Virtual IET Faraday® Challenge .
The 2020-21 season of IET Faraday® Challenge Days saw 60 Teacher-led IET Faraday® Challenge Days take place across the county with 61 schools and 1,856 students involved. The Virtual IET Faraday® Challenge received 38 entries with 66 participants involved.
The IET Faraday® Challenge theme partner this year was Network Rail and students had to help them to sustainably manage the increasing numbers of passengers using their network and make a working prototype of their design which had to include a circuit.
The National Final took place virtually on 13 July 2021 and Royal Liberty School from Romford won the season’s title!
A record-breaking 210 IET 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 IET 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 IET Faraday® Challenge received 165 entries with 257 participants involved.
The 2018-19 season of IET Faraday® Challenge Days saw 189 events take place across the country, with 475 schools and 6,326 students involved.
The IET 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!
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 IET 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.
For the 2016-17 season, the IET 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.
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!
The 2014-15 season of IET 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.