IET Faraday is the IET’s main education programme for schools, bringing science, technology engineering and maths to life in the classroom with Faraday Challenge Days and a whole host of free online curriculum-linked teaching resources, showing students how the real-life applications of what they are learning in class are making a real difference to people in all walks of life.
Faraday gets thousands of visitors and page views per month, and with the resources also available on other websites including the National STEM Centre’s eLibrary, Resources 4 Schools, School Science and TES, we hope these resources are used by a large number of teachers across the UK.
The IET Faraday Challenge Days are cross-curricular activity days covering Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). They have been held at schools and colleges around the UK for a number of years and have proved to be enormously popular with teachers and students alike. It is through its charitable arm of the IET that we are able to provide the Faraday Challenge Days at no charge to Hong Kong schools starting in 2014.
The Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. The event is set up and run by the team of STEM professionals.
The first ever season of Faraday Challenge Hong Kong, with a number of Challenge Days, running from March to June 2014.
The school teams taking part consist of six 12 -13 year olds (Hong Kong Secondary 2, International Year 8), two students from Science, two students from Design & Technology, and two students from Mathematics.
Each Challenge Day is held at a major educational institution, geographically spaced so as to give minimum travelling time for the students. Schools can enter more than one team. When there are more teams applying than places, schools may be limited to one team. Teams are provided with all materials needed to participate in the Challenge Day.
The top scoring six teams were invited to the Hong Kong Finals. Prizes were awarded to the winning team from each Challenge Day as well as those taking part in the Hong Kong Finals.
The main language of the Faraday Challenge is English, much of the student support material for Hong Kong is also available in Chinese. Both Cantonese and Putonghua speaking mentors are available for the Hong Kong Challenge Days.