Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
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Emergency communications

DIY Faraday Challenge Day

A set of printable resources and guidance notes giving teachers and technicians the basic ingredients to run their very own Faraday Challenge Day. This cross-curricular activity day brings science, design and technology, engineering and maths (STEM) together in an engaging way.

The context of the challenge

Ease of communication is part of our life, we pick up the phone, turn on the radio, TV or internet to get news and information. Wifi networks work by radio signals. Your phone, TV and radio signals are transmitted by masts we hardly notice. But when all of these are knocked out by natural events how do we communicate?

Activity info and teachers' notes

The Emergency Communications challenge is based on the Faraday Challenge of the same name from our 2012/13 season of Faraday Challenge Days.

Students are the engineer rescue team based in the town of Alpha which has been relatively unaffected by the extreme weather. As the engineer rescue team in town Alpha, students will design and build a prototype device that will need to send coded messages to town Beta, and create a code to send a message from Alpha across the mountains for decoding in Beta. There is little time to lose, with a (simulated) helicopter arriving in a matter of hours to transport half of the rescue team to town Beta to set up the system for testing.

Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 12 – 13 years (year 8, and equivalent), the challenge encourages the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills. This activity day can be tailored to the needs of your school and your students by adapting the PowerPoint presentation and the editable student booklet.

What's included?

The complete set of downloadable materials includes:

  • Teachers pack
    A list of the practical materials needed, presenters’ notes highlighting key areas and reinforcing key themes throughout the day, some handy hints on how to deliver the day... plus printable Faradays currency and student certificates.
  • Student booklet
    Available as an editable MSWord document to allow the booklet to be adapted to meets the needs of your students and your school.
  • Introductory PowerPoint presentation
    A step-by-step guide for your students throughout the day, with supporting notes for the delivery of the presentation, including links to the related film clips.  
  • Film clips and sound effects
    Informative clips and sound effects to build the atmosphere around your challenge day.  

Remember, it’s all free! ...and registration is free too!

All online resources (including film clips!) are free to download, and the student booklet and PowerPoint presentation are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.

You can stream and download the related films for free by clicking on the appropriate link in the Related resources section below.

If you are running one of our DIY Faraday Challenge Days please do share your experience with us via our feedback form and case study template hereIf you are unfamiliar with how to run a DIY Faraday Challenge Day have a look at our 6 start-up videos here where we take you through the days, how they should run and what they entail.

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Available downloads

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Activity

Activity

Teacher's pack - A guide for teachers on how to run the Emergency Operations Faraday Challenge Day.

Handout

Handout

Student booklet - The full booklet to print and hand out to each team.

Presentation

Presentation

Introductory PowerPoint presentation

Presentation

Presentation with notes

Introductory presentation slides and notes in a handy printable format

Presentation

Presentation

Images of sample prototypes.

Pdf

PDF

Certificates, currency, name badges, price tags and more - all in this handy PDF for teachers.

Pdf

PDF

A useful handout for students to plan their prototype and then reflect back on the decisions made.

Pdf

PDF

A helpful insight into the tasks and skills required to carry out each job role.

Podcast

Audio

Drum roll sound effect to be used as part of the DIY Faraday Challenge Day resource.

Podcast

Audio

Helicopter sound effect to be used within the Emergency Communications Faraday Challenge Day in a Box resource.

Podcast

Audio

Storm sound effect to be used as part of the Emergency Communications Faraday Challenge Day in a Box resource.

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