The Two Counties Trust academies prepare to take part in UK engineering challenge

Students from across The Two Counties Trust, located in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, are to take 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 have invited three academies from The Two Counties Trust to participate. The event will be hosted at Heritage High School in Chesterfield, and students from there, Selston High School and Swanwick Hall School, will take part in the challenge on 26th September to become engineers for a day, researching, designing and building solutions to real-world engineering problems.

The brief for these young engineers is shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research. Teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.

The events aim 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.

Each team member in the winning group will be awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. 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.

This year’s challenge is in association with the James Webb Space Telescope. A total of 176 Faraday Challenge Day events are taking place across the UK.

Dick Vasey, Chief Executive Officer of The Two Counties Trust, said:

“Everyone at The Two Counties Trust is delighted to be taking part in this challenge about engineering and technology and putting our students’ knowledge and skills to the test. We are so pleased our academies are taking part in this challenge – events like this are the best way for young people to have fun while they are learning. Thank you to Selston High, Swanwick Hall and Heritage High School for taking part – and good luck!”

Natalie Clerke, IET Faraday Education Manager, said:

“Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year will experience working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to the James Webb Space Telescope.

“There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we’re confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and inspire the next generation by giving them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety a career in engineering can offer and just how exciting and creative engineering is.”