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Land Rover BAR

DIY Faraday Challenge Day

A set of printable resources and guidance 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, maths and computing together in an engaging way.

The context of the challenge

During the 2016-17 Faraday season, the Land Rover BAR team were competing in the six America’s Cup World Series events held around the world - the preliminaries to the America’s Cup finals which were held in Bermuda in May 2017.

Developments in design and engineering meant the racing had reached new levels with the boats travelling five times as quick as previous generations. The new generation of boat 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 are 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.  

Can your students help the crew to make a difference?

Activity info and teachers' notes

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

Students are challenged to use the micro:bit technology to develop two products which could help improve performance for the Land Rover BAR team in one of three areas – human performance; boat performance; or the environment. 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.

Other coding devices can be used to complete the same challenge so if you don't have access to micro:bits in your school then please do substitute for your own devices. 

Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 12 – 13 years (year 8 in England, and their equivalents), 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, including engineers from Land Rover BAR who were part of the team involved in the bid to bring the 35th America’s Cup home.

Remember, it’s all free! ...and registration is free too!

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 film for free by clicking on the appropriate link in the Related resources section below.




Available downloads

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Teachers' pack - A guide for teachers on how to run the Coding the Future Faraday Challenge Day.



Student booklet - The full booklet to print and hand out to each team.



Introductory PowerPoint presentation.


Presentation with notes

Introductory presentation slides and notes in a handy printable format.



Coding apprenticeship information



Coding support sheets - These ‘How to’ sheets will help your students to code and build their final products.



Planning sheet - A useful handout for the students to plan and then reflect back on the decisions made.



Teachers' extras - Certificates, currency, name badges, price tags and more - all in this handy PDF for teachers.



Student roles - A helpful insight into the tasks and skills required to carry out each student job role.

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