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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

Winning team 2013-14


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 NationHost Schools
EnglandArchbishop 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 IrelandBangor Grammar School; St Colman's College; St Columbs College; St Franchea's College
ScotlandBelmont Academy; Dumfries Academy; Irvine Royal Academy; Kirkcaldy High School; Trinity Academy; Wallace High School
WalesAfon Taf High School; Sandfields Comprehensive School; Ysgol Aberconwy; Ysgol Bro Gwaun; Ysgol Dinas Bran


Updated 25 June 2014

League Table


RankSchool NamePoints
1Colston Collegiate, Bristol95
2Withington Girl's School, Manchester95
3Kingsbridge Community College, Devon94
4St Gerard's School, Bangor94
5Birkdale School, Sheffield94
6Saint Ronan's School, Kent94
7The Stanway School, Colchester (Team 3)93
7Thomas Telford School, Telford93
7Sidmouth College, Sidmouth93
7Ysgol Bryn Elian High School, Clwyd93
8Sturminster Newton High School, Dorset92
8Wycombe Abbey, High Wycombe (Team 2)92
8The Holt School, Wokingham (Team 3)92
8Kings School, Macclesfield92
9Ysgol Dewi Sant, Pembrokeshire91
9Alvechurch Middle School, Worcestershire91
9Ashton Park School, Bristol91
9Pinewood School, Bourton91
9The Charter School, London91
9Joseph Rowntree School, York91
10Kings International School, Surrey90
10Wellington School, Somerset90
10King Edwards School, Bath90
11Bishop Justus School, Bromley89
11The Chauncy School, Hertfordshire89
11Dyffryn Lower Comprehensive, Port Talbot89
11Torquay Grammar School, Torquay89
12Bishop Ulathorne School, West Midlands88
12Cheam School, Berkshire88
12St Francis Xavier College88
13Walton High School, Milton Keynes87
13St. Colman's College, Newry (Team 6)87
14St. Fanchea's College, Enniskillen (Team 4)86
14Southend High School for Girls, Southend-on-Sea86
14Ludlow C of E School, Shropshire86
15Derby Grammar School, Derby85
15Afon Taf High School, Merthyr Tydfil (Team Ted)85
15William Allit School, Derbyshire (Team 4)85
15Ripley St Thomas Academy, Lancaster85
15St Marylebone C of E School, London85
15Havelock Academy, Grimsby85
15Haywood Academy, Staffordshire85
15St Josephs Catholic Community School, Tyne & Wear85
15Wellfield Middle School, Tyne & Wear85
16St Margarets C of E Academy, Merseyside (Team 1)84
16Fullhurst Community College, Leicester (Team 2)84
16Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Hull (Team 3)84
17Lockerbie Academy, Lockerbie83
17Whitgift School, Surrey83
17St. Columb's College, Derry (Team 2)83
17Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen (Team 3)83
18Eggar's School, Hampshire (Team 1)82
19Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor81
20Broughton High School, Edinburgh80
21Collegiate High School, Blackpool79
22Prestwick Academy, Prestwick77
23Carrickfergus Grammar School, Antrim74
24St Leonards, Fife73
25Wallace High School, Stirling (Team 3)72
26Irvine 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.