IET Faraday Challenge Days 2014-15
The 2014-15 season was especially busy, following the initial mini season which was made up of 18 events in the Yorkshire region during the summer term of 2014 to coincide with the Tour de France's Grand Départ.
The main season then began in September 2014 and ran through until May 2015 with 47 host schools and 12 IET academic partner host universities taking part. These 59 events took place across the whole of the UK - reaching out to over 2,000 students who were all eligible to receive a CREST Discovery Award if their school chose to register.
The winning team from each event won an Amazon voucher for themselves as well as gaining a place on the league table. However, it was only the top three teams at the end of the season who went forward into the National Final in June 2015. At the Final, these three teams went head to head to win up to £1,000 for their school.
The winning team from the 2014-15 season
The National Final 2014-15 results
First place: Ulverston Victoria High School, Cumbria
Second place: Bloomfield Collegiate School, Belfast
Third place: Millthorpe School, York
What was the 2014-15 Faraday Challenge?
The 2014-15 challenge was entitled 'Smart Cycle.' Each engineering team had to design and create a prototype Smart Beacon which would be used to communicate information to cyclists. When used, together with other Beacons, along a route, cyclists would be able to identify a safe cycling route which they could use. The Beacon had to contain electronic components to allow it to communicate information to cyclists, this may have been done by allowing it to react to external conditions e.g. light or temperature and then sending a signal to the cyclists who passed it on their route.
For the National Final, teams also had to 3D print their beacon using two different colours. This may have been achieved by using two separate printers or by changing the ABS filament over mid-print.
This was a busy season following the Tour de France's Grand Départ with all teams doing extremely well as reflected in the high scores on the league table. Well done to all students involved!
To find out more about the National Final check out the videos below.
National Final 2014-15
Let's hear from the supporters...
The winner's story
The making of the 3D printed trophies
Host Schools 2014-15
A large number of applications were received to host a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2014-15 season meaning that we were able to offer 47 in-school Faraday Challenge Days with a reasonably good geographical coverage of the UK where we could, reaching schools that have not previously hosted a Faraday Challenge Day.
|UK Nation||Host Schools|
|England||Alderman Peel High School; Alvechurch Middle School; Bicester Community College; Bideford College; Cannon Lee Specialist Arts College; Challney High School for Girls; Chilton Trinity School; Clyst Vale Community College; Collingwood College; Cornwallis Academy; Derby Moor Sports College; Fallibroome Academy; Flegg High School; Greig City Academy; Holy Cross Catholic High School; Lampton School; Mary Webb School; Moorside High School; Nova Hreod Academy; Nunthorpe Academy; Our Lady's Catholic College; Rainham School for Girls; Sedgehill School; Shirebrook Academy; St. Bernard's High School; The Beacon School; The Emmbrook School; The Willink School; Twynham School; Upper Shirley High School; Vale Academy|
|Northern Ireland||Coleraine College; Limavady Grammar School; St. Fanchea's College; St. Paul's High School|
|Scotland||Bearsden Academy; Kilwinning Academy; Kinross High School; Larbert High School; Mackie Academy|
|Wales||HMSG Monmouth; St. Thomas More High School; Ysgol Dewi Sant; Ysgol Dinas Bran; Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade; Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern|
|1||Bloomfield Collegiate School (Team Green) - Belfast||99.5|
|2||Ulverston Victoria High School (Team White) - Ulverston||99|
|3||Milthorpe School (Team Black) - York||99|
|4||Tadcaster Grammar School (Team White) - North Yorkshire||99|
|5||Limavady Grammar School (Team Blue) - Limavady||98|
|5||Tytherington High School (Team Green) - Macclesfield||98|
|5||Lady Manners School (Team Yellow) - Bakewell||98|
|6||Whitecross School (Team Green) - Hereford||97|
|6||Tibshelf Community School (Team Red) - Tibshelf||97|
|7||Irvine Royal Academy (Team Yellow) - Irvine||96|
|7||Twynham School (Team Red) - Christchurch||96|
|8||Bishopbriggs Academy (Team Black) - Glasgow||95|
|8||Ash Hill Academy (Team Green) - Brigg||95|
|9||Queen Anne High School - Dunfermline||94|
|9||Highgate School (Team Orange) - London||94|
|9||Withington Girls' School (Team Blue) - Manchester||94|
|9||Woodlands School (Team Green) - Derby||94|
|9||The Downs School (Team Blue) - Newbury||94|
|10||Ardrossan Academy (Team White) - North Ayrshire||93|
|10||The Willink School (Team Green) - Reading||93|
|10||Holy Cross Catholic School (Team Yellow) - Chorley||93|
|10||Ellesmere College (Team Yellow) - Ellesmere||93|
|10||Fortismere School (Team Yellow) - Haringey||93|
|10||Cliff Park Ormiston Academy (Team Black) - Gorleston-on-Sea||93|
|10||Morecambe High School (Team White) - Morecambe||93|
|11||St. Thomas More School (Team Blue) - Crewe||92|
|11||Parkside Middle School (Team Blue) - Bromsgrove||92|
|11||Redcar Academy (Team Yellow) - Redcar||92|
|12||The Winston Churchill School (Team Green) - Woking||91|
|12||Larkmead School (Team Blue) - Abingdon||91|
|13||St. Fanchea's College (Team Red) - Enniskillen||90|
|13||Ashcroft High School (Team White) - Luton||90|
|13||Moorside High School (Team White) - Werrington||90|
|13||Highworth Warneford School (Team Red) - Swindon||90|
|14||Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade (Team White) - Llanelli||89|
|14||Community College Whitstable (Team White) - Whitstable||89|
|14||Southend High School for Boys (Team White) - Southend-on-Sea||89|
|15||Mackie Academy (Team Red) - Stonehaven||88|
|15||Dereham Northgate High School (Team Blue) - Dereham||88|
|15||Mayfield School (Team Blue) - Portsmouth||88|
|15||Haygrove School (Team White) - Bridgwater||88|
|15||St Pauls School for Girls (Team Blue) - Birmingham||88|
|15||Forest School (Team Yellow) - Wokingham||88|
|16||Larbert High School (Team Blue) - Falkirk||87|
|16||St. Paul's High School (Team Yellow) - Bessbrook||87|
|16||Clyst Vale Community College (Team Red) - Clyst Vale||87|
|17||Braunton Academy (Team Red) - Braunton||85|
|17||Cornwallis Academy (Team Blue) - Maidstone||85|
|17||Jarrow School (Team Black) - Jarrow||85|
|18||Milford Haven Comprehensive School - Milford Haven||84|
|18||Trinity Church of England (Team Black) - London||84|
|18||Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern (Team Blue) - Holyhead||84|
|18||The Cooper School (Team Yellow) - Bicester||84|
|19||Ysgol Dinas Bran (Team White) - Llangollen||83|
|19||Barnfield West Academy (Team Red) - Luton||83|
|20||The Beacon School (Team Blue) - Banstead||82|
|21||Coleraine College (Team Blue) - Coleraine||81|
|21||Parmiters School (Team Green) - Watford||81|
|22||Upper Shirley High School (Team Green) - Southampton||76|
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.
Updated 22 May 2015
Let's hear from the students...
Comments from our mini-season on this challenge:
"It was really enjoyable and it made me think if I wanted to be an engineer" - 12 year old male, Brinsworth Comprehensive School.
"The day overall was good and my team worked well together to make a good finished product" - 13 year old female, Canon Lee School.
"I really like the CAD aspects of the day" - 13 year old male, Beverley Grammar School.
Let's hear from the teachers...
"I would like to thank you for selecting The Vale Academy to host a Faraday Challenge Day. Both staff and students alike had a most memorable and enjoyable day. Our presenter for the day, Becky, was outstanding. Her enthusiasm for her subject inspired the students to solve what seemed at first to be an extremely challenging problem!
"The format encouraged the students to be independent learners and I was very impressed by the solutions they presented at the end of the day. Several of the students were even talking about a career in engineering!"
Louise Mead, Vale Academy, Brigg, North Lincolnshire.
Let's hear from a 3D print engineer...
Lucy Ackland was the IET's WES Prize winner in 2014 and we asked for her thoughts on 3D printing which is part of her role at Renishaw PLC...
"3D printing is a fantastic new technology, already making huge differences to the way people innovate, prototype and develop new products.
It is a flexible platform that removes many of the boundaries associated with traditional manufacturing techniques. Plastic 3D printers can be used to create, test and visualise new designs.
At Renishaw I am helping to develop the next generation of 3D printers that print in metals. Metal 3D printers have already started , and will continue to, change the way we manufacture parts for all sorts of uses, including Formula 1, aerospace and parts for use in the medical industry.
To demonstrate the versatility of 3D printing, Renishaw has printed; a mountain bike frame, an exhaust manifold, a knee replacement, dental implants and facial reconstruction implants. However, this is just the beginning and we have many new and innovative projects on the way."