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STEM Activity days

In-school activity days and competitions from the IET come in the shape of the annual season of IET Faraday Challenge Days, and the FIRST® LEGO® League competition. 

Budding young engineers take up the task of researching, designing and building prototype solutions to real engineering problems. At each of the IET Faraday Challenge Days and FIRST® LEGO® League tournaments teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school. 

IET Faraday Challenge Days

Faraday splat  IET Faraday Challenge Days are STEM activity days for students aged 12-13 years, held in schools and colleges all across the UK. The number of events and the theme changes each year so do check the website for the most relevant information. The IET Faraday Challenge Days are delivered free-of-charge by our Faraday Challenge Day team.

Applications to host an event open in the Summer term. Each season runs from September through to June. The National Final is held in July where the top 5 teams compete for prizes for themselves and their schools.

DIY Faraday Challenge Days

DIY Faraday Challenge Day - Remote Operations

DIY Faraday Challenge Days are a set of printable resources and guidance notes for teachers and technicians to run their very own cross-curricular activity day.  

Based on the activities from past seasons of our IET Faraday Challenge Days, the 'box' of materials includes all of the elements that were used by our team of STEM professionals to deliver the days. These include film clips, an introductory presentation, certificates to hand out to each participating student, and much more.


FIRST Lego League logo

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people aged 9-16 years taking part each year. The IET are the contract holders for the competition in the UK and Ireland from 2012.

Teams work over a period of weeks or months to build a robot that they take to their local regional tournament and compete for the chance to reach the National and World Finals.

Team mentors can register teams at www.firstlegoleague.co.uk to take part each year.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.

FLL Junior logo  FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. Through meaningful team-based relationships between peers and adults, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. participants engage in valuable STEM experiences relevant to the world around them.

Teams work together to design and construct a LEGO MODEL with motorised moving parts; research an area of the real-world  topic and show what the team finds out on a SHOW ME poster; and learn about the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. CORE VALUES. 

Register teams and find out more at http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/junior/index.cfm