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IET Faraday Challenge Days 2018-19

The 2018-19 season of Faraday Challenge Days is set to be our biggest season to date! These events will be aimed at Year 8 (England) and their equivalents across the whole of the UK. 

The challenge this year will be kept under wraps until we arrive at your school, but we can tell you our partner this year is the James Webb Space Telescope for a challenge that is out of this world! You don't need to worry as we will be bringing everything that your students need to complete the challenge with us. The season will start in September 2018 and run right through to June 2019. 

The National Final is in July

The winning team from each event will take home a voucher for themselves as well as gaining a place on the league table. The top five teams at the end of the season will go forward into the National Final in July 2019 where they will be treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to Edinburgh as well as being in with the chance of taking home £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM activities.

Taking part?

The information packs for the 2018-19 season of events can be downloaded from the links below. These packs provide you with all of the details required for hosting and/or participating in one of our Faraday Challenge Days so please do read through the information carefully.

Option A

For all school hosts inviting schools to take part in their challenge days, please download the following:

Option C

For all Jack Petchey Foundation school hosts, please download the following:

State schools in London and Essex are invited to take part in the Faraday Challenge Day season, sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Finalists from each event are invited to attend the JPF Festival for Aspiring Engineers in the summer to celebrate their achievements. All teachers involved in the programme are invited to attend a STEM development session to learn more about the Faraday programme and the wider range of STEM activities available to them.

Host schools 2018-19

The 2018-19 season of Faraday Challenge Days received 322 applications to host one of the 68 in-school events available. We are very pleased to announce that a number of organisations have come forward and offered to sponsor an event taking the total tally up to 176 Faraday Challenge Days.

These organisations include Airbus, Arconic, the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Science & Technology Facilities Council. The 2018-19 host schools will be shown in the lists below as soon as these are confirmed. Please do check back to view this list to see if we will be running an event near you.


  • Abbeywood School
  • Admiral Lord Nelson School
  • Airedale Academy
  • All Hallows Catholic High School
  • ARK Evelyn Grace Academy
  • Barnwell School
  • Bay House School
  • Beverley Grammar School
  • Bullerswood School
  • Buxton Community School
  • Chase High School
  • Chistlehurst and Sidcup Grammar
  • Chiswick School
  • Christ the King College
  • Clacton County High School
  • Dereham Neatherd School
  • Eastbrook School
  • Edmonton County School
  • Ellesmere College
  • Farnborough Hill School
  • Fearnhill School
  • Fulneck School
  • Glossopdale School
  • Great Marlow School
  • Halewood Academy
  • Harris Academy St John's Wood
  • Heritage High School
  • Holsworthy Community College
  • Honley High School
  • Irvine Royal Academy
  • Kettering Science Academy
  • King Ecgberts School
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
  • Langley Park School for Girls
  • Maltings Academy
  • Millfield School
  • Mount School
  • Netherhall Learning Campus High School
  • Notre Dame School
  • Old Palace of John Whitgift
  • Orleans Park School
  • Overton Grange
  • Philip Morant School and College
  • Reddish Vale High School
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • Sarah Bonnell School
  • Seven Kings School
  • Space Studio Banbury
  • St Anselms School & College
  • St Columbas High School
  • St Franchea's College
  • St George's School
  • St John's School
  • St Marks West Essex Catholic Academy
  • St Peter's School
  • STFC Daresbury Laboratory
  • STFC Rutherford Appleton Labratory
  • Tabor Academy
  • The Burgess Hill Academy
  • The Bromford School
  • Thomas Alleynes Academy
  • The Nottingham Emmanuel School
  • The Petchey Academy
  • Thomas Gainsborough School
  • Tiffin Girls School
  • Tile Cross Academy
  • Townley Grammar School
  • Uckfield College
  • Ursuline Academy Ilford
  • Vyners School
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Walthamstow School for Girls
  • Wreake Valley Academy

Northern Ireland

  • Cookstown High School


  • Bearsden Academy
  • Belmont Academy
  • Bishopbriggs Academy
  • Blairgowrie High School
  • Garnock Community Campus
  • Grange Academy
  • Kilsyth Academy
  • Kinross Academy
  • Lomond Academy


  • Alun School Mold
  • St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School
  • Ysgol Dinas Bran
  • Ysgol Dyffryn Aman
  • Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn

IET Academic Partner Universities

Twelve of the IET Academic Partner Universities will be hosting a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2018-19 season and these are shown below. 

  • Coventry University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Teesside University
  • University of Portsmouth