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Land Rover BAR

IET Faraday® DIY Challenge Day

A set of printable resources and guidance notes giving teachers and technicians the basic ingredients to run their very own IET Faraday® DIY Challenge Day. This cross-curricular activity day brings science, design and technology, engineering and maths together in an engaging way.

The context of the challenge

Let us take you back to the year 2016. Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team have been competing in the six America’s Cup World Series events held around the world, the preliminaries to the America’s Cup finals starting in Bermuda in May 2017.

Recent developments in design and engineering have meant the racing has reached new levels with the boats travelling five times as quick as previous generations. This new generation of boats flies across the water!

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

The performance of the crew members is just as important as the performance of the boat and the team needs to work hard to maintain optimum fitness.

The environment in which they are sailing can mean the difference between success or failure.

Today, your students could make a difference, could they be our engineers..........?

Activity info and teachers’ notes

The Land Rover BAR challenge is based on the IET Faraday® Challenge Day of the same name from our 2016/17 IET Faraday® Challenge Day.

Students are given an engineering brief (found in the student booklet) asking them to focus on three areas: Human performance; Boat performance; or the Environment. Their challenge is to use the micro:bit technology to develop two products which could help improve performance for the Land Rover BAR team. Their products do not need to be in the same area but they do need to help improve performance in at least one of them. Your students will need to develop a presentation to the Land Rover BAR judges which explains how their products could improve performance.

Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 11-13 years (year 7/8 England, and equivalent), the challenge encourages the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills.

This activity day can be tailored to the needs of your school and your students by adapting the PowerPoint presentation and the editable student booklet.

What’s included?

The complete set of downloadable materials includes:

  • Teachers' pack
    A list of the practical materials needed, 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.
  • Student booklet
    Available as an editable MSWord document to allow the booklet to be adapted to meets the needs of your students and your school.
  • PowerPoint presentation
    A step-by-step guide for your students throughout the day, with supporting notes for the delivery of the presentation.
  • Film clip
    Full briefing video introducing the challenge to your students.

Remember, it’s all free! 

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.

And please do share your classroom learning highlights with us @IETeducation

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