Enter your school

Faraday Challenge Days - Enter your school

Delivered free of charge by the IET in 68 schools and 12 academic partner universities - as well as further events available as requested by funders and sponsors - the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities designed for six teams of six students. Our 2018-19 season's Challenge Days are designed for Year 8 students (England) and their equivalents (aged 12-13 years).

IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.

The event is set up and run by our team of STEM professionals to give you the time to focus on your students.

Students win prizes for themselves and their school

The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top five teams from across the UK get an all expenses paid trip to the National Final in July each year to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Host schools

Host schools can either:

  • enter all six teams from their own school, or 
  • enter one team from their own school, and invite five teams from local schools to join them.

Each team includes two students from Science, two from D&T, and two from Maths.

If you know of a school local to you who is hosting a Faraday Challenge Day this academic year, why not get in touch and see if you can bag your school an invite! 

Please note that the Faraday Challenge Days take place in UK schools and colleges only but different countries around the world are using Faraday resources to run their own challenge days.

How to enter

Applications have now CLOSED for the 2019-20 season. Successful schools will be notified in due course. The deadline for applications was Wednesday 15th May 2019.

Faraday Challenge Days 2017-18

If you are interested in taking part in the IET Faraday Challenge Day season then take a look at this video to find out what the teachers and students who took part during the 2017-18 season thought about it.

Alternatively with DIY Challenge Days you can run your own event.

CREST Discovery Award

By taking part in a Faraday Challenge Day, your students will meet all of the criteria for achieving a CREST Discovery Award. Entering students is a brilliant way for them to get the most out of their project.

CREST Awards is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. Around 40,000 students in the UK gain CREST Awards every year. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in STEM subjects.

CREST is widely recognised as a mark of high quality in STEM project work, it is non-competitive, and as long as the project meets all of the CREST criteria at the expected level the students will achieve their Award.

How to get a CREST Award following your Faraday Challenge Day:

1. Register online for a CREST account

2. Log in and create a project.

3. Add the names of all participating students as you would like them to appear on their certificates.

4. Upload a sample of their work. The system allows for multiple media-types to be uploaded. You only need to upload one example per project, for example, this could be a photo of their presentation or a copy of their planning and reflections sheet.

5. Confirm that the project has met the three CREST Discovery criteria:

  • Completed around 5 hours of work on the project
  • Participated fully in the project  
  • Reflected on their learning

6. Add the delivery details for your certificates.

7. Pay the £3 per student entry fee by card or request an invoice.

8. Once payment has been received you will be posted the personalised certificates.

Industrial Cadets Bronze Award

The top 5 teams who make it to the National Final will be eligible to receive a Bronze Level Industrial Cadets award for completing the required minimum of 20 hours carrying out hands-on problem solving and critical thinking activities.

These awards will be presented at the Final in July during the awards ceremony. 

Industrial Cadets is run by the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) and works with UK employers to create a talent pipeline and a future skilled workforce, whilst helping young people to develop the skills they need to enter industry with confidence.

Providing a flexible framework for all sizes of employers to enable them to run accredited workplace experiences, Industrial Cadets ensures that young people can develop the skills they need during these programmes, giving them a valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award at the end.