Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • D&T

Table tennis server

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 and maths (STEM) together in an engaging way.

The context of the challenge

Table tennis is a growing sport in the UK. Practice, as with most things, is the key to improving at the sport. The problem is, it is hard to practice on your own. Being able to return service is often what provides the edge in terms of winning and losing. 

Within this challenge, students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that will serve tennis balls consistently across a table tennis table. The server must fit securely on the edge of the table and serve at least four balls accurately and precisely in the same position, and allow the ball to be returned. 

Activity info and teacher's notes

The Faraday Challenge ‘Table Tennis Server’ has been designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 12-13 years (year 8, and equivalent).

This complete set of materials provides you with the basic resources you need to run an activity day which brings science, design and technology, engineering and maths together in an engaging way.

Each team will be asked to assign: a team leader; an accountant; an assessment coordinator; two scientists; two mathematicians; two design and technologists; manufacturers and designers. Each team member will need to be assigned more than one role and feed into different aspects of the day.

You can adapt this set of resources for larger numbers of students if, for example, you wish to run the event for a whole year group. If this is the case, you will need to increase the number of team booklets and practical resources appropriately.

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.
  • Introductory PowerPoint presentation
    A step-by-step guide for your students throughout the day, with supporting notes for the delivery of the presentation, including links to the related film clips.  
  • Film clips
    Informative clips about table tennis and how practice makes perfect, plus examples of possible solutions to the challenge.  

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

All online resources (including film clips!) are free to download, and all 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 hereIf 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.

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