3D printing technology - part of the Faraday Challenge Day mini season!
The Faraday Challenge Days are one day activities, designed for six teams of six students aged 12-13 years, delivered in your school by the IET. They give students the opportunity to research, design and build prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.
In 2014 the Tour De France had three of its early stages in the UK’s Yorkshire and East of England, with a good number of schools lying close to the route.
The IET Education programme ran an IET Faraday Challenge Day mini-season in the Yorkshire region, inspired by the Tour de France Grand Départ. This mini-season was be made up of 18 dates taking place from 3rd June until 16th July 2014. The Challenge from the mini-season will now form the basis of the main IET Faraday season that will happen in schools and universities across the UK during the 2014/15 academic year.
Whilst the IET try to avoid revealing the nature of the Challenge prior to the start of each event what can be said is that the students were modelling and printing using 3D design software and 3D printers as well as designing electronic components. The whole exercise gave the students insight into the roles and responsibilities of an engineering team as they not only attempted to create their prototypes but then had to justify their ideas, costs and implementation plans to the judges.
To ensure that everyone was able to compete fairly by having the same resources available to them, the contractors took all of the necessary equipment with them to each school. The 3D printers were generously loaned by Denford Ltd of Brighouse, with whom the IET already collaborate on the F1 and 4x4 In Schools Challenges; and the 3D design software was provided by Autodesk.
Check our calendar to see if your school took part:
Winning teams from each of the mini-season dates received vouchers for a 1 hour taster session, including bike and helmet hire, at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
See the highlights for the mini season in this video:
CREST Discovery Award
By taking part in a mini-season Challenge Day, students were eligible to receive a CREST Discovery Award from the British Science Association. CREST Discovery recognises quality STEM project work that is done over a short period of time (usually a day). It focuses on fun, teamwork and transferable skills, whilst putting projects into a real-world context. Students had to complete a CREST Discovery passport explaining how they had completed the tasks during the Challenge Day and worked together as a team. Further details and payment could be organised through the schools' local CREST coordinator.