The Faraday Challenge is part of the IET’s commitment to show young people the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in STEM by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.

Teams competed against each other to solve real-life engineering problems based on the BBC micro:bit – a small, programmable tool designed to introduce those in year seven to the world of coding. The mirco:bit can be used to create anything from games and animations to apps and scrolling stories.

Our students came up with some very interesting and useful ideas which included a house alarm, a body temperature monitor and a staple counter.

Once the students had put their ideas together, they had the opportunity to buy different items from a “shop” in order to make their finished products work or look good.  Some of the items available for sale in the pop-up shop included different coloured LEDs, thermometers, and buzzers. 

Students had to present their ideas to the other groups, showing their product working and explaining what its purpose was.

After much deliberation by the judges the winning team was judged to be Connor Annis, Ascemina Koutsi, Harvey Green, Amelia Murray and Robert Westoby for their unique staple counting device. Each team member received a watch and a £10 Amazon voucher while the school was presented with a glass trophy.

Matthew Elvidge, Teacher of ICT, commented: “There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we’re confident that tasks such as this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and inspire a new generation with digital

Assistant Headteacher, Rebecca Pindar, added: “Our school is passionate about giving our students new and exciting opportunities to engage in STEM subjects. A strong UK economy relies on great engineering output, and it is crucial to get the engineers of the future interested at an early age.”

Teacher of ICT Matthew Elvidge shows off the trophy.