IET Faraday Challenge Days 2011-12
This year we had a total of 44 Faraday Challenge Days hosted in schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with an additional 11 events which took place at IET Academic Partner universities.
The winners of each event were awarded a prize for each team member and a trophy for their school. Each winning team from the 2011-12 season was added to the league table below and the the top three teams from across the UK won themselves an all expenses paid trip to the National Final in London on 21-22 June 2012. The top teams also received a special treat of a London Duck tour during their two day stay in London.
Winning teams of 2011-12
The Final challenge saw the top three teams battle it out for the top prize of £1,000 for their school, with second and third place receiving £500 and £250:
FIRST PLACE: Church Stretton School
SECOND PLACE: Ellesmere College
THIRD PLACE: Lomond School
The teams were challenged to design and build a rehydration station which could be used to provide drinks for athletes during a Race Walk. Students had to produce a promotional video for their product and be interviewed by our panel of engineering experts on the science, technology, engineering and maths in their designs. They did all of this in just one jam packed day.
We were lucky enough to have retired Olympic Race Walker Chris Maddocks join us for the day, and our very own IET Deputy President Barry Brooks, IET Director of Membership and Professional Development Michelle Richmond, and IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Charlotte Joyce presented students with their awards and certificates.
Well done to all participating teams!
Part of the London 2012 Inspire Programme
The IET Faraday Challenge Days 2011-12 were granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The IET Education team were very excited that the Faraday Challenge Days were part of the London 2012 Inspire programme.
What was the Faraday Challenge 2011-12?
As the Faraday Challenge is unveiled afresh at each event we have had to keep it top secret until now! This year the challenge was linked directly to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Students had to use their STEM skills to design and build a prototype rehydration station - a drinks dispenser that could be used to provide supplements to athletes during Race Walks and other long distance events. A great way to show young people the vital role engineering plays in the Olympics.
League Table 2011-12
|1||Church Stretton School|
|4||Keswick School - Team 2 (accounting score 10, development of ideas score 28)|
|5||Coleridge (Parkside Federation) (accounting score 9)|
|6||Brinsworth Comprehensive School (accounting score 8)|
|7||Colyton Grammar School|
|8||The Gryphon School|
|8||Winterbourne International Academy (The Riding's Federation)|
|8||Dame Allans School|
|9||Ysgol Dinas Bran School|
|9||Culcheth High School|
|10||Dereham Neatherd High School|
|10||Haywood Engineering College|
|11||Andrew Marvell College - Team 5|
|13||Chorlton High School|
|13||Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School|
|14||Holly Lodge Girls' College - Team 3|
|14||St. Francis Xavier|
|14||Lostock Hall Academy|
|15||Up Holland High School - Team 6|
|15||Benton Park School|
|16||The Herts & Essex High School - Team 3|
|16||William Lovell Church of England School - Team 5|
|16||Eston Park Academy - Team 3|
|16||Wreake Valley Community College - Team 5|
|17||Cefn Hengoed Community School - Team 6|
|17||Grieg City Academy|
|18||Lumen Christi College|
|18||Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen|
|19||Da Vinci Community College|
|20||Parklands High School - Team 5|
|21||CTC Kingshurst Academy - Team 3|
|21||Bryngwyn School - Team 1|
|21||King Ethelbert School - Team 5|
|22||The Stonehenge School - Team 3|
|23||Barrhead High School|
|23||Clydebank High School|
|23||Kilkeel High School|
|23||Hanham High School - Team A|
|23||Jewish Community Secondary School - Team 4|
|24||Bucksburn Academy - Team 1b|
|25||Glyncoed Comprehensive School - Team 2|
|25||The International School - Team 2|
|26||Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School - Team 2|
|27||Breadalbane Academy - Team Aberfeldy Girls|
|27||St Dominic's Grammar School - Team 1 and Team 6 joint first on the day|
|28||Alloa Academy - Team 3|
|29||Laurelhill Community College|
Well done to all participating teams across the season!
When more than one team has received the same number of total points, the team who has been the most cost efficient (spent the least from their Faradays budget) is placed highest on the league table. When teams have tied again in their scores for accounting, scores for the 'development of ideas' have been used as the tie-breaker. You can see from the league table below that we had a few tie-breaker situations making this years' competition very tight!