Put your school forward for the IET’s exciting free STEM activity days for 12 to 13-year-olds

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IET Faraday® Challenge Days applications are now open for the 2024-2025 season, which will take place from September 2024 to June 2025.

IET Faraday® Challenge Days are free, one-day STEM activity days that introduce students to engineeringinspire 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 mathematics (STEM).

Our Challenge Days give six teams of six students, aged 12 to 13 years (England and Wales Year 8, Scotland S1/S2, Northern Ireland Year 9), 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 their school. 

The top teams at the end of the season are invited to the National Finals to battle it out to be crowned the IET 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 our team of STEM professionals at no charge to UK schools. Please note: each school can only take part once per season.

Not sure whether you’d like to take part next season? Check out our IET Faraday® Final highlights video here and see the below quotes from students and teachers who previously took part:

“Excellent way to promote STEM and engineering. Kept the students engaged throughout, challenging them to think towards the next level. Bringing out the best in them.” 


“Wonderful opportunity for our children to be inspired by STEM and engineering. The Challenge Leader was a fantastic and professional host. The children were engaged throughout.”


To enter, please submit your completed application form by Friday, 24 May 2024 – successful applicants will be notified in due course.

We hope to see you at one of our IET Faraday® Challenge Days soon.

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 or read our STEM brochure here.


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