Greensward Academy at the IET Faraday Challenge
Students from the Greensward Academy attended thee 2019 IET Faraday Challenge, supported by the CSES
On 30th January 6 year 8 students attended the Faraday Challenge, run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, supported by the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society. The students (Isabella Vitney, Noah Garner, Jack Kelley, Austin Bateman, and Charlie Bracken) were given a problem to solve (the details are sworn to secrecy, as this is part of a National Competition) making use of circuits and various construction/engineering materials. They were expected to work as a team; design, create and promote their idea, keep to a budget, and obviously, come up with a solution.
All challenges are genuine real-life engineering problems. They were competing against students from Felsted School, Chelmer Valley High School, St John Payne Catholic School, King Edward VI Grammar School and The Gilberd School. They started the day by winning the ice-breaker challenge, being the first team to get their buzzer to buzz!! They assigned themselves roles, from project manager, to accountant to safety advisor & electrical engineer, and at the end of the day presented their prototype to the rest of the schools and staff. All the schools were really close in points, and Greensward handled their questions brilliantly, and were praised for their perseverance, creativity and teamwork, but the overall winners were Chelmer Valley High School
This article has been taken from the Greensward Academy STEM Roundup 2018 - 2019. The CSES STEM Club Bursary (details of which can be found here) finances some of the Greensward STEM activities.