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Age Range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
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  • Mathematics
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Land Rover BAR

IET Faraday® DIY Challenge Day

Land Rover BAR is constantly looking for ways to improve performance and they work with a wide range of experts to do this. The role of engineers is crucial and they are looking for future engineers who may be able to contribute to their success.

Today is your chance to make a difference. Could you be an engineer for Land Rover BAR?

Activity: Land Rover BAR Faraday Challenge Day

In this fun STEM activity learners are challenged with using the micro:bit technology to develop two products which could help improve performance for the Land Rover BAR team. The team wants you to focus on three areas: Human performance, boat performance and environment. Your products do not need to be in the same area but they do need to help improve performance in at least one of them.

You will need to work effectively as a team and develop a presentation to the Land Rover BAR judges which explains how your products could improve performance.

Your team will need to identify a range of ideas for improving performance in each of the three areas using the micro:bit, identify the two products that your team are going to put forward, code your micro:bit to bring your ideas to life, construct any components you need to add to your micro:bit to make it work effectively, develop your presentation and demonstrate the capabilities of your two ideas by presenting them to the Land Rover BAR judges.

Your Land Rover BAR products must improve performance in at least one of the three areas, have relevant and useful real-life applications, demonstrate engineering skills and show creativity and innovation and be effective and cost efficient.

The aim of this challenge is to introduce students to ways in which engineers work together and use cutting edge technology to improve performance. Running this challenge could be a great opportunity to make links with a local university, college or industry.

The resources are set up to be used with the BBC micro:bit and Touch Develop code editor and so may need to be adapted to fit with the technology that you have available and the code editor you are using.

Faraday Challenge Day

We have provided a set of printable resources and guidelines notes giving teachers and technicians the basic ingredients to run their very own Faraday Challenge Day. This cross-curricular activity day brings science, design and technology, engineering and maths (STEM) together in an engaging way.

The complete set of downloadable materials includes: a teachers pack, an editable student booklet, an introductory PowerPoint presentation and film clips and sound effects.

Download the free Land Rover BAR Faraday Challenge Day activity sheets below!

All online resources (including film clips!) are free to download, and the student booklet and PowerPoint presentation are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students’ and your schools’ needs.

You can stream and download the related films for free by clicking on the appropriate link in the related resources section below.

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Introductory briefing video

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