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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

Winning team 2014-15


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


League Table


School Name


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."