Find out more about the Faraday supporters during the current season and how you can show your support to the Faraday programme.

From one resource to the entire programme – there are numerous ways to support the IET Faraday programme and help support the IET’s charitable objectives.

With your help, together we can continue working to engineer a better world. We offer opportunities from the one-off donation toward developing an individual resource through to the annual sponsorship of the entire teaching resources programme.

Inspire children with the challenges and opportunities offered by engineering and develop the skills they need

In the UK we do not have enough young people pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses or apprenticeships beyond the age of 16 or choosing to become engineers or technicians. This is causing recruitment issues both now and into the future. Many of those who do come forward do not have the practical and employability skills that universities and employers are looking for.

There are many reasons for this including:

  • inaccurate perceptions of engineering and the role of engineers and technicians
  • schools teaching according to subject and without context
  • insufficient opportunity to develop students’ ‘soft’ skills
  • teachers and parents unaware of the opportunities offered by modern engineering
  • poor careers information

Enhance teaching and inspire future engineers

IET Faraday is changing this through support for teachers, careers information and hands-on, design-and-build activity days provided to schools entirely free. Your support will increase the number of resources available for teachers, across the STEM curriculum subjects.

Teaching resources

IET Faraday is a bank of free teaching resources, based around engineering themes and examples that directly support curriculum teaching in science, maths, design & technology, engineering and computing across the UK curricular.

The resources include:

  • posters
  • careers materials and case-studies
  • video case-studies of cutting-edge engineering
  • lesson activities with teacher notes, work sheets and presentations
  • instructions for delivering off-timetable, STEM activity challenges based on the IET Faraday Challenge Days

Your support can fund the development of more resources to ensure that there is a comprehensive range of up-to-date materials that complement the UK STEM curricular and enable teachers to teach the STEM subjects in context. Wherever possible we will work with supporters to use the work of their organisation and their staff as the basis for new resources.

Faraday Challenge Days

IET Faraday Challenge Days are free, off-timetable, hands-on STEM activity days that introduce students to engineering, inspire them to consider engineering as a career and help to develop their practical and employability skills, including team working, problem solving and creative thinking.

The Challenge Days draw upon the students’ skills in science, maths, design, engineering and computing to come up with a workable solution to a problem and then to build a prototype.

Each Challenge Day sees six teams of six students, aged 12-13 competing against each other to see who can perform the best. During the 2017-18 season we delivered 167 Faraday Challenge Days in schools, universities and research facilities around the UK.

2018-19 season partners

Esero logo

IET Faraday is very pleased to be working with the European Space Education Resource Office in the UK.

ESERO-UK supports the space sector by helping teachers inspire young people, from all backgrounds, to pursue a career, and raise aspirations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

ESERO-UK offers CPD; a library of free, quality assured, resources; competitions; and support and information for teachers. For more information why not visit their website.

2018-19 season supporters

During the 2018-19 season of Faraday Challenge Days we are very pleased to have support from Airbus, Arconic Foundation, Jack Petchey Foundation, Kirby Laing Foundation, Kitronik, Motorola Solutions Foundation, SC Johnson and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Find out more about sponsoring the IET Faraday programme or contact us.

Faraday Challenge Day - National Final 2017-18

The IET Faraday Challenge Days grow every year so that we can reach more and more schools, but this can only happen with the help of our sponsors and supporters. If you are interested in sponsoring a Faraday Challenge Day then take a look at this video to see what they are all about and what the teachers and students can learn from them.

During the 2017-18 season, the IET partnered with Thorpe Park to challenge the students to give students an adrenalin packed challenge where they had to design a new attraction for the theme park and make a working prototype of one element of their design which had to include a circuit.