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We can do more to nurture students’ interest and achievement in Science, Design & Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – by showing them the exciting, real-life applications of the subjects. If we want students to be fully equipped for their futures, we need to give them grounding in these subjects and make them aware of the career choices in these fields.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a professional organisation for engineers and technicians, which is dedicated to addressing the education and skills gap in STEM professions, particularly engineering. Through the IET Faraday programme, we provide teaching resources and competition days for schools, designed to introduce young people to engineering and fuel their enthusiasm for STEM subjects.
Faraday Challenge Days (12-13 year olds)
IET Faraday Challenge Days are competition days aimed at 12-13 year olds, which cover STEM subjects and encourage children to develop practical skills and discover the career possibilities within STEM. Students form teams and compete to research, design and create a solution to an engineering challenge.
The day, which lasts approximately six hours, is held free of charge by the IET in your school. Alternatively, you can run your own event using the DIY resources on our website.
Through participating in this STEM activity, students can gain the CREST Discovery Award from the British Science Association. The winning team also receives prizes and a trophy for their school. If they are one of the top three teams in the UK, they get an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final, with a chance to win a £1,000 cash prize.
Applications are now open for hosting a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2016-17 season.
STEM teaching resources (secondary school and beyond)
Visit our IET Faraday website where there are free resources for teaching secondary Science, Design & Technology, Computing and Mathematics in a relevant and engaging way.
There are case studies on engineers who use STEM in their day to day roles, coding activities for students who have been given a BBC micro:bit and curriculum support posters for the classroom. For students who are looking at their career options and the teachers who are advising them, we have free careers packs on engineering.
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