Different countries around the world are now starting to use the Faraday resources to run their own challenge days. This is fantastic news and we hope the challenge days will continue to grow all over the world.
If you are interested in running a Faraday Challenge Day in your own country do get in touch and we can help get you started.
Find out more about our 'Faraday overseas' programme below.
Hong Kong was the first country outside of the UK to start running a Faraday Challenge Day season originally set up by Dr Robin Bradbeer and Dodi Mak from the IET's Hong Kong office.
After a day of mentor training for a team of individual volunteers to equip them with the skills and knowledge to help students take part in these events, Hong Kong held their first Faraday Challenge Day on 31st May 2014. Student teams came from Hong Kong and Macau with positive feedback from students and teachers alike after a successful event as shown in the photos below using the Mission to Mars resource.
After a successful season, the Hong Kong team hosted their very first Final event on 11th July 2015 with four out of the six heat winners taking part. There were only 4 marks separating the teams at the end of the day but well done to the Queen Elizabeth School who went home victorious. When asked about their experience whilst taking part in the Faraday Challenge Day the team said:
"We passed all the challenges, our rocket launched smoothly and we finally won the grand prize. If there are any competitions about design & technology in the future, all of us would like to join again."
The Hong Kong team began their 2015-16 season at the Hong Kong and Kowloon Chiu Chow Public Association Secondary School (CCPASS) on 12th December 2015. There were around 11 members and 55 non-members participating in the event running the Remote Operations challenge. Further events are planned for March and May in Hong Kong and Macau.
Perhaps our aspiration for a global Faraday Final is closer than we think!
Keep up to date and see the full range of photos from these events at the Faraday Challenge Days Hong Kong Facebook page.
Students taking part in the Faraday Challenge Day in Hong Kong:
Our colleagues in Australia are running a series of Faraday Challenge Days. Their first event took place at Tempe High School in Sydney in October 2014 and further events are now being scheduled to involve more young people.
The students taking part will be tasked with the Remote Operations Challenge.
More news of these and further events in Australia to follow shortly.
The IET's Brunei network organised a pilot event using the Mission to Mars challenge on the 21st August 2015. This challenge event was held in St. Andrew's School in Brunei and gave the 36 students taking part the chance to experience what it would be like to work as part of an actual engineering team, because in addition to creating their own prototype rocket and transporter vehicles, they also had to justify their ideas, cost and implementation plans to three of the judges in order to win the prize.
The Brunei Young Professional Section then ran a further 6 events during the 2015-16 season and held a national final for each of the winning teams. The official video for the IET DIY Faraday Mission to Mars 2.0 Challenge National Finals 2016 - Brunei Darussalam has been uploaded onto their official Facebook fan page.
After a fantastic start, the team in Brunei are now looking to involve 10 teams for the next season as well as involving teams from other countries in a regional final!
The inaugural launch of the Singapore Faraday Challenge Day took place between the 12th and 15th December 2015 and was a resounding success. The challenge was Mission to Mars. Singapore did it a little differently by targeting Singapore self-help organisations and the general public in order to increase awareness of the programmes and to let more people benefit from the challenge.
The challenge started with an ice breaking Bingo session led by volunteer Huang Lingxi, generating much excitement among the participants as they networked in the group, making new friends and finding out about themselves. The event was made as real life as possible. Project teams were formed randomly and most of the members did not know each other. Despite this, they worked together, embracing their diversity to complete their mission of transporting and launching a rocket. One of the participants liked the event so much that he requested an event poster to take home; he was delighted to be given one! Feedback from parents and guardians was very positive, all wanting to register to be on the mailing list for details of any future youth initiatives.
Keep up to date and see the full range of photos in the IET Singapore Network's Facebook Album.
The overwhelming success of the event was in large part due to the volunteers who worked relentlessly on the project over several months.
India are hoping to join us in delivering Faraday Challenge Days in the near future. Watch this space for more details!