Full STEAM Ahead at RGS Worcester
RGS Worcester welcomed teams from Nunnery Wood High School, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College and The Chantry School for the IET Faraday Challenge on 30 January where pupils competed against three RGS teams of Year Eight pupils.
The IET Faraday Challenge is an annual competition that introduces pupils to engineering, inspiring them to consider engineering as a career and helping to develop their practical and employability skills, including team work, problem solving and creative thinking. This year’s challenge was in association with The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and the National Highways. The Challenge Day teams were tasked with racing against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their technical knowledge and skills to the test.
The Faraday Challenge Day aims to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills. The Challenge Days are part of a wider Education programme to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow. For more information on the IET and its initiatives to promote STEM subjects visit the IET’s dedicated Education website.
It was fantastic to see all six teams throw themselves into the Challenge and each come up with a working prototype that they demonstrated at the end of the event.
RGS hosts this event as part of its Outreach & Partnerships programme so that local schools have the opportunity to participate. This year it was Nunnery Wood High School who triumphed in a close-fought competition. The IET hosts complimented the high standard of work from all the Schools, stating that this was the highest scoring round by all of the teams that they had seen so far.
Each pupil who took part in the Faraday Challenge will be awarded an Industrial Cadets Challenge Award.
To learn more about STEM or STEAM (with the Arts added!), please visit our dedicated web page here.