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IET Faraday Challenge Days

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Put your school forward for one of the IET’s exciting STEM activity days, aimed at 12 to 13-year-olds.

IET Faraday Challenge Days are free, one-day STEM activity days that introduce students to engineering, inspire them to consider engineering as a career and help to develop their practical and employability skills, including team working, problem solving and creative thinking.

They are designed as cross-curricular activity days covering science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).   The Challenge Days give six teams of six students, aged 12 to 13 (England and Wales Y8, Scotland S1/S2, Northern Ireland Y9), the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to real-world engineering problems.

This annual competition, with events covering the whole of the UK, sees teams competing to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top teams at the end of the season are invited to the National Final to battle it out to be crowned the Faraday National Champions and win a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.   The events will be set up and run by a team of STEM professionals at no charge to UK schools. 

Please note: each school can only take part once per season. You can apply to host one of our Faraday Challenge Days at your school with the option to invite teams from up to five other local schools or apply to be an invited school and take one team from your school along to another local event. Not sure whether you’d like to take part next season? Check out a Faraday Final highlights video here.

To enter please submit your completed application form by Friday 29th April 2022. Successful applicants will be notified in due course.

Apply now by clicking here.

About the IET

The IET has been inspiring young people from all walks of life for over 150 years, helping them access the amazing career opportunities available to them in engineering and technology.

As engineering and technology advances at a rapid rate and changes the world around us, it has never been more important to inspire young people into STEM.

The IET, along with its partner organisations, provides support to both teachers and students, helping to develop skills which are valuable not just in the engineering sector, but across the global economy.

We offer a wide range of free curriculum-linked resources, initiatives and programmes for schools/teachers, community group leaders and parents who are teaching STEM to young people from the age of four through to 19. 

If you’d like to know more about our STEM education programmes and activities please visit our website or read our STEM brochure here.


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