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IET Faraday Challenge Days 2017-18

The 2017-18 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 as it's our 10th anniversary year we have partnered with Thorpe Park and can guarantee it will be bigger and better than ever! 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 late September 2017 and run right through to June 2018. 

The National Final is in July

The winning team from each event will take home an Amazon 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 2018 where they will be treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to Thorpe Park as well as be in with the chance of taking home £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM activities.

Taking part?

The information packs for the 2017-18 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 2017-18

The 2017-18 season of Faraday Challenge Days received 120 applications coming in 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 169 Faraday Challenge Days.

These organisations include Airbus, Arconic, Bosch, the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Science & Technology Facilities Council. The 2017-18 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
  • Adcote School for Girls
  • Admiral Lord Nelson School
  • Allestree Woodlands School
  • ARK Evelyn Grace Academy
  • Barking Abbey School
  • Bay House School
  • Bexley Grammar School
  • Bosworth Academy
  • Bourne Academy
  • Bridge Academy
  • Bridgwater College Academy
  • Bullerswood School
  • Buxton Community School
  • Caroline Chisholm School
  • Carshalton School for Girls
  • Chase High School
  • Chilton Trinity School
  • Chistlehurst and Sidcup Grammar
  • Chiswick School
  • Christ the King College
  • Clacton County High School
  • Comberton Village College
  • Cottingham High School
  • CTC Kingshurst Academy
  • Dormer Wells High School
  • Downend School
  • Dr Challoner's High School
  • Eastbrook School
  • Eastbury Community School
  • Edmonton County School
  • Erdington Academy
  • Fallibroome Academy
  • Fulneck School
  • George Watson College
  • Glenrothes High School
  • Glossopdale School
  • Godolphin School
  • Great Baddow High School
  • Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
  • Halewood Academy
  • Hammersmith Academy
  • Handsworth Grange Community Sports College
  • Harris Academy St John's Wood
  • Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
  • Heathside School
  • Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy
  • Highgate School
  • Holy Trinity Telford
  • Honiton Community College
  • John Henry Newman School
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
  • King Edward VI High School
  • King Ethelbert School
  • Kingsbury School
  • Lancaster Girls Grammar School
  • Langley Park School for Boys
  • Larkmead School
  • Lawrence Sheriff School
  • Leighton Park School
  • Lister Community School
  • Macmillian Academy
  • Maltings Academy
  • Manchester High School for Girls
  • Mark Rutherford School
  • Marling School
  • Marlwood School
  • Millfield School
  • Mount Kelly College
  • Newbridge High School
  • Nightingale Academy
  • Oakshill School
  • Oasis Academy Coulsdon
  • Orleans Park Secondary School
  • Overton Grange
  • Park High School
  • Parkside Middle School
  • Pedmore Technology College & Community School
  • Philip Morant School and College
  • Pilton Community College
  • Retford Oaks Academy
  • Richmond Park Academy
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • Ringwood School
  • Saint Mary's Saint John's CE School
  • Sarah Bonnell School
  • Seven Kings School
  • Shireland Collegiate Academy
  • Sir John Nelthorpe School
  • St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls
  • St Anne's RC High School
  • St Bernard's Catholic High School
  • St Bonaventure's
  • St Christopher's CE High School
  • St Georges School
  • St Julian's School
  • St Margarets Academy
  • St Marks West Essex Catholic Academy
  • St Mary's CE Middle School
  • St Olaves Grammar School
  • St Peter's School
  • St Richard's Catholic School
  • St Rochs Secondary School
  • Stanborough School
  • STFC Daresbury Labratory
  • STFC Rutherford Appleton Labratory
  • Stowuplands High School
  • The Abbey School
  • The Billercay School
  • The Castle School
  • The John Lyon School
  • The Kingston Academy
  • The Maynard School
  • The Mountbatten School
  • The Petchey Academy
  • The Ravensbourne School
  • The Swanage School
  • The Urswick School
  • Thomas Alleynes Academy
  • Thomas Gainsborough School
  • Tiffin Girls' School
  • Tile Cross Academy
  • Townley Grammar School
  • Trinity School
  • University Church of England Academy
  • University of Birmingham School
  • Upton Hall School FCJ
  • Ursuline Academy Ilford
  • University of Manchester
  • UTC Harbourside
  • Vyners School
  • Wallace School
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Walthamstow School for Girls
  • Westminster Academy
  • Withington Girls School
  • Wolsingham School
  • Woodfield Academy
  • Woodford County High School
  • Wreake Valley Academy

Northern Ireland

  • Coleraine College
  • Cookstown High School
  • Dalriada School
  • Bangor Grammar School


  • Glenrothes High School
  • Mearns Academy
  • Queen Margaret Academy
  • St Rochs Secondary School
  • Turnbull High School
  • Wallace School


  • Airbus Broughton Visitors Centre
  • Alun School Mold
  • Caldicot School
  • St Julian's School
  • St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School
  • Ysgol Clywedog
  • Ysgol Dinas Bran
  • Ysgol Y Strade

IET Academic Partner Universities

Twelve of the IET Academic Partner Universities will be hosting a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2017-18 season and these are shown below. 

  • Aston University
  • Cardiff University
  • Lancaster University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Teesside University
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Sunderland