IET Faraday Challenge

The annual IET Faraday Challenge is an engineering-based competition for schools.

Six teams of six students, aged 12-13 years, compete against one another to see who can design, create and promote the best solution to a given challenge. All challenges are genuine, real-life engineering problems.

The challenge for the 2018-19 season is themed around about the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) and aims to engage young people in the engineering challenges associated with this groundbreaking observatory. By taking part in a Faraday Challenge Day this season, students will gain an understanding and appreciation for various engineering disciplines, alongside a wider understanding of the Webb mission.

Follow the links at the bottom of the page to find out more and see the current league tables for the 2018-2019 season.

Delivered free of charge by the IET in 68 schools and 12 academic partner universities – as well as further events available as requested by funders and sponsors.

The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top five teams from across the UK get an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final in July to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

The season started in September 2018 and will run through to June 2019. Following the National Final in July the James Webb Space Telescope Faraday Challenge will be made available for schools to run themselves as a DIY Faraday Challenge Day.