IET Faraday Challenge Days 2013-14
Faraday Challenge Days during the 2013-14 season were held at 45 host schools and 13 IET academic partner host universities, as well as two further events hosted by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) laboratories in Warrington and Oxfordshire. These 60 events took place across the UK, involving 171 schools and over 2080 students!
The winning team from each event gained a place on the league table, but only the top three teams at the end of the season were able to go forward to win an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final on 20 June 2014 at the STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. At the Final, these three teams competed to win up to £1,000 for their school. Students from the top teams also received a special treat day as part of their prize on 19 June 2014 where they were given exclusive tours around the STFC facilities including the Mars Yard where they were able to control some of the robots; ISIS - Seeing the Invisible; and the RAL Space Centre where they were tasked with building a rocket out of spaghetti and marshmallows!
The winning team from the 2013-14 season
The National Final 2013-14 results
First place: Kingsbridge Community College, Devon
Second place: Colston's School, Bristol
Third place: Withington Girls' School, Manchester.
What was the 2013-14 Faraday Challenge?
The 2013-14 challenge was entitled 'Mission to Mars.' Each engineering team had to:
1. Construct a prototype rocket and launch it.
2. Design and build a prototype transport system to carry the rocket three metres from the storage facility to the launch site.
For the National Final, teams had the added pressure of also making sure that the rocket could carry two payloads - the first one which was light and fragile, and the second heavy and non-fragile; and that the transporter could stop automatically after three metres and also display lights for night time travel and safe working practice.
Teams had to use their STEM skills together with their problem solving, team working and communication skills in a hands-on style approach as they researched, designed and made these prototype solutions to the genuinely tough, real-life engineering problem that they were tasked with.
A great season! Well done to all engineering teams who took part.
To find out more about the National Final check out the videos below.
Host Schools 2013-14
The 2013-14 season saw a record number of applications come in to host a Faraday Challenge Day. With over 248 applications for the 45 in-school Faraday Challenge Days available, we were able to achieve a good geographical coverage of the UK and reach schools that have not previously hosted a Faraday Challenge Day.
The schools who hosted a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2013-14 season are listed below.
|UK Nation||Host Schools|
|England||Archbishop Sentamu Academy; Aston Fields Middle School; Burton Borough School; Churston Ferrers Grammar School; Coundon Court School; Eggar's School; Fulford School; Fullhurst Community College; Kennal Technology College; King Edward VI Academy; Ludlow C of E School; Monkseaton High School; Morecambe Community High School; Palatine Sports College; Prior Park School; Sidmouth College; Sutton Valence School; St Margarets C of E Academy; St John's School & Sixth Form; The Chauncy School; The Highcrest Academy; The Holt School; The Stanway School; The St Marylebone School; The William Allitt School; Tytherington High School; Wellington College; Wellington School; Wells Cathedral School; Whitgift School|
|Northern Ireland||Bangor Grammar School; St Colman's College; St Columbs College; St Franchea's College|
|Scotland||Belmont Academy; Dumfries Academy; Irvine Royal Academy; Kirkcaldy High School; Trinity Academy; Wallace High School|
|Wales||Afon Taf High School; Sandfields Comprehensive School; Ysgol Aberconwy; Ysgol Bro Gwaun; Ysgol Dinas Bran|
Updated 25 June 2014
|1||Colston Collegiate, Bristol||95|
|2||Withington Girl's School, Manchester||95|
|3||Kingsbridge Community College, Devon||94|
|4||St Gerard's School, Bangor||94|
|5||Birkdale School, Sheffield||94|
|6||Saint Ronan's School, Kent||94|
|7||The Stanway School, Colchester (Team 3)||93|
|7||Thomas Telford School, Telford||93|
|7||Sidmouth College, Sidmouth||93|
|7||Ysgol Bryn Elian High School, Clwyd||93|
|8||Sturminster Newton High School, Dorset||92|
|8||Wycombe Abbey, High Wycombe (Team 2)||92|
|8||The Holt School, Wokingham (Team 3)||92|
|8||Kings School, Macclesfield||92|
|9||Ysgol Dewi Sant, Pembrokeshire||91|
|9||Alvechurch Middle School, Worcestershire||91|
|9||Ashton Park School, Bristol||91|
|9||Pinewood School, Bourton||91|
|9||The Charter School, London||91|
|9||Joseph Rowntree School, York||91|
|10||Kings International School, Surrey||90|
|10||Wellington School, Somerset||90|
|10||King Edwards School, Bath||90|
|11||Bishop Justus School, Bromley||89|
|11||The Chauncy School, Hertfordshire||89|
|11||Dyffryn Lower Comprehensive, Port Talbot||89|
|11||Torquay Grammar School, Torquay||89|
|12||Bishop Ulathorne School, West Midlands||88|
|12||Cheam School, Berkshire||88|
|12||St Francis Xavier College||88|
|13||Walton High School, Milton Keynes||87|
|13||St. Colman's College, Newry (Team 6)||87|
|14||St. Fanchea's College, Enniskillen (Team 4)||86|
|14||Southend High School for Girls, Southend-on-Sea||86|
|14||Ludlow C of E School, Shropshire||86|
|15||Derby Grammar School, Derby||85|
|15||Afon Taf High School, Merthyr Tydfil (Team Ted)||85|
|15||William Allit School, Derbyshire (Team 4)||85|
|15||Ripley St Thomas Academy, Lancaster||85|
|15||St Marylebone C of E School, London||85|
|15||Havelock Academy, Grimsby||85|
|15||Haywood Academy, Staffordshire||85|
|15||St Josephs Catholic Community School, Tyne & Wear||85|
|15||Wellfield Middle School, Tyne & Wear||85|
|16||St Margarets C of E Academy, Merseyside (Team 1)||84|
|16||Fullhurst Community College, Leicester (Team 2)||84|
|16||Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Hull (Team 3)||84|
|17||Lockerbie Academy, Lockerbie||83|
|17||Whitgift School, Surrey||83|
|17||St. Columb's College, Derry (Team 2)||83|
|17||Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen (Team 3)||83|
|18||Eggar's School, Hampshire (Team 1)||82|
|19||Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor||81|
|20||Broughton High School, Edinburgh||80|
|21||Collegiate High School, Blackpool||79|
|22||Prestwick Academy, Prestwick||77|
|23||Carrickfergus Grammar School, Antrim||74|
|24||St Leonards, Fife||73|
|25||Wallace High School, Stirling (Team 3)||72|
|26||Irvine Royal Academy, Irvine (Team 1)||71|
When more than one team receives the same number of total points, the team who has been the most cost efficient (spent the least from their Faradays budget) will be placed highest on the league table. If teams tie again in their scores for accounting, scores for the 'development of ideas' will be used as the tie-breaker.
It was extremely close at the top of the table this year with 4 schools vying for 3rd place. In the end it had to come down to the number of Faradays spent on the day so well done to Kingsbridge Community College who managed to secure a place in our National Final by spending the least amount of Faradays at their event!
Updated 23 May 2014
Let's hear from the students...
"I really enjoyed today. It was amazing! Thank you very much" - 12 year old male, Bangor Grammar School.
"It is a great way of showing your skills rather than writing them down on paper (and a lot more fun too)" - 12 year old female, Glenlola College.
"I think the IET Faraday Challenge Days are a very good way to encourage engineering. I have really enjoyed my day" - 12 year old male, St. Malachys College.
"It gave everyone a clear understanding of how engineering would be a good career" - 12 year old female, Milford Haven School.