Teachers' pack - A guide for teachers on how to run the Smart Cycle 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 and maths (STEM) together in an engaging way.
More and more people are taking to cycling for competition, personal transport and leisure. The benefits of cycling are obvious; it is enjoyable, cost effective, improves fitness and is a sustainable way to travel.
How can we improve the experience for cyclists and encourage more people to take to cycle paths this summer?
The Smart Cycle challenge is based on the Faraday Challenge of the same name from our 2014/15 season of Faraday Challenge Days.
Students are challenged to design and create a prototype Smart Beacon which will be used to communicate information to cyclists. When used, together with other Beacons, along a route, cyclists will be able to identify a safe cycling route which they can use. The Beacon must contain electronic components to allow it to communicate information to cyclists, this may be done by reacting to external conditions e.g. light or temperature and then sending a signal to the cyclists who pass it on their route.
The aim of this challenge is to introduce students to cutting edge technology which engineers are, and will be using in the future and this challenge will work best if you have access to 3D printers at your school or a local venue. The use of 3D printers can be substituted for making prototypes out of cardboard, as many conceptual designs are created by engineers however running this challenge could be a great opportunity to make links with a local university, college or industry.
Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 12 – 13 years (year 8, 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.
The complete set of downloadable materials includes:
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.
If you are running one of our DIY Faraday Challenge Days please do share your experience with us via our feedback form and case study template here. If you are unfamiliar with how to run a DIY Faraday Challenge Day have a look at our 6 start-up videos here where we take you through the days, how they should run and what they entail.
Teachers' extras - Certificates, currency, name badges, price tags and more - all in this handy PDF for teachers.
Planning sheet - A useful handout for students to plan their beacon and the electronics to sit within it and then reflect back on the decisions made.
Student roles - A helpful insight into the tasks and skills required to carry out each student job role.
3D design and printing instructions - A quick-start guide to using Autodesk software and 3D printing your beacon.
Electronics Instructions - A useful handout to help students get to grips with the electronics required for this challenge.