Students from across The Two Counties Trust, located in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, have taken part in an engineering challenge inspired by Michael Faraday – the great British scientist whose work led to the widespread use of electricity.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology runs the Faraday Challenge Day, and invited three academies from The Two Counties Trust to participate. The event was hosted at Heritage High School in Chesterfield, and students from there, Selston High School in Nottingham and Swanwick Hall School in Alfreton took part in the challenge where they became engineers for a day, researching, designing and building solutions to real-world engineering problems.
The team from Swanwick Hall School won the day’s challenge thanks to their ideas, team work and dedication throughout the day. As the winners of the day, the team from Swanwick Hall are now in with a chance of being placed in the top five schools in the country. The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final at The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh in 2019 to compete for a prize of up to £1,000 for their school.
The brief for these young engineers was to research, design and make prototypes to help the James Webb Space telescope, all while they were in a race against the clock to solve an engineering problem. The telescope the students learnt about is a NASA telescope that is sent to launch in 2021 and will be replacing the Hubble Space Telescope.
The event was created to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.
Dick Vasey, Chief Executive Officer of The Two Counties Trust, said:
“Well done to all the students across The Two Counties Trust who took part in the Faraday Challenge Day. All the students and staff worked to the very best of their ability and did the Trust proud. I would also like to congratulate the winning team from Swanwick Hall School, well done and I look forward to finding out if they make the final five.”