DIY Faraday Challenge Day
We can provide you with a set of printable resources and guidance notes for teachers and technicians to run your very own Faraday Challenge Day to bring science, design and technology, engineering and maths (STEM) together in an engaging way.
This new initiative, the DIY Faraday Challenge Day (previously known as Faraday Challenge Day in a Box) has been created to answer the high demand for our programme of Faraday Challenge Day events each year. If you’d like to be a host school next year, get in touch now to be informed when applications are open for these again.
The DIY Faraday Challenges not only practice key STEM skills and knowledge but also encourage the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills.
There are six different challenges and we provide all the resources you need to run one in your school. The challenges available are Remote Operations, Flood Defence, Table Tennis Server, Emergency Communications, Mission to Mars ,Smart Cycle and Coding the Future. Click on the links at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Who is it for?
Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 12 – 13 years (year 8, and equivalent), the activity day can be adapted for larger school groups and for students of different ability levels.
The complete set of downloadable materials needed to run your very own Faraday Challenge Day includes:
A list of the practical materials needed to run the activity, 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 that you can award to students at the end of the day.
Available in both a full PDF booklet, and as an editable MSWord document for ease of use, adaptation and reproduction.
Each team is asked to assign real industry roles and each team member will need to be assigned more than one role and feed into different aspects of the day. A great experience at multitasking.
Introductory PowerPoint presentation
A step-by-step guide for you and your students, taking you through each element of the activity day.
These clips can be viewed online and can also be downloaded. You will need a video player installed on your computer which plays MP4 clips (digital media players are readily available to download for free online).
Have a look at our 6 start-up videos where we take you through the days - how they should run and what they entail.
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This is the first DIY Faraday Challenge Day - Remote Operations.
Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can be operated remotely to simulate a heart and kidney transplant. Objects representing the human heart (tennis ball) and a kidney (ping-pong ball) must be picked up and accurately placed in their appropriate holes in a cutout of a human torso.
Download the materials to run this activity day in your school from our Remote Operations - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.
The DIY Faraday Challenge Day - Flood Defence, is now available.
Students work in teams to design and make a prototype of a simple device, that will allow homeowners to remove water from their homes, during periods of flooding.
Download the materials to run this activity in your school from our Flood Defence - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.
Table Tennis Server
The DIY Faraday Challenge Day - Table Tennis Server, is now available.
Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that will serve table 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.
Download the materials to run this activity in your school from our Table Tennis Server - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.
Within this DIY Faraday Challenge Day, students work in engineer rescue teams to design and build a prototype device that will send coded messages from Town Alpha to Town Beta which has been adversely affected by extreme weather conditions.
Download the materials to run this activity in your school from our Emergency Communications - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.
Mission to Mars
In the Mission to Mars DIY Faraday Challenge Day, students work in teams of six to design and construct a rocket and transport system to deliver supplies via Earth orbit to astronauts on Mars.
Download the materials to run this activity in your school from our Mission to Mars - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.
In the Smart Cycle DIY Faraday Challenge Day, students work in teams of six to design and create a prototype Smart Beacon which will be used to communicate information to cyclists.
Download the materials to run this activity in your school from our Smart Cycle - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.
Coding the Future
In the Coding the Future DIY Faraday Challenge Day, students work in teams of six to come up with a real-life application for their BBC micro:bit.
Download the materials to run this activity in your school from our Coding the Future - DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource page.