The Faraday Challenge: Inspiring Future Engineers
RGS Worcester welcomed pupils from Nunnery Wood High School, Christopher Whitehead Language College and RGS Dodderhill this week to participate in the Faraday Challenge Day competition.
The Faraday Challenge Day is an annual competition run by The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Faraday Challenge aims to inspire pupils in the area of STEM, getting them outside of the classroom to experience what it’s like to be a team of engineers. Pupils were given a real challenge faced by the Healthcare industry and worked together to design and build a prototype and present their findings. This year’s competition is sponsored by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM).
The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation, problem-solving and team working skills.
IET Faraday Education Manager, Natalie Moat said: “There is a huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we are confident that this will challenge young people’s perception of engineers and inspire the next generation by giving them an insight into the life of a real engineer and showing them just how exciting and creative engineering really is.”
Miss Deborah Gold, Physics Teacher at RGS and organiser of the day, said: “It has been a fabulous day of imagination, planning, design, prototyping and presenting. Pupils showed such ingenuity, teamwork and resilience, engineering solutions to some tough Healthcare problems. Events such as the Faraday Challenge are an exciting opportunity for our pupils to experience working as an engineer for a day, whilst competing to be one of the top teams across the UK and achieve a coveted place in the National Final.”
For more information on the IET and its initiatives to promote STEM subjects and careers in the classroom, to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world, visit the IET’s dedicated Education website.
Thank you to Miss Gold for providing this opportunity for pupils from all four schools.