The Faraday Challenge!
On Friday 13th December thirty-six year 8 students participated in the Faraday Challenge Day at Boswells School. The Faraday Challenge is a national competition coordinated by the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET). The December intra-school event gives our students some additional experience of problem-solving challenges, and us a chance to select those who will represent the school in the official competition.
The challenge was devised by the IET and required the students to design, construct and operate a device that could be used to move a litre of water from one tray to a second tray supported 30 centimetres higher. One of the more challenging tasks these events have presented, our students applied themselves well, producing a range of pump and water-wheel design prototypes with the guidance of two professional engineer judges Philip Hughes and Erusa Adizie.
These students were assessed for their creativity and design, their leadership and accounting and, above all, their problem-solving skills. These skills were found in abundance. The best two teams will move on to the inter-school competition that will take place at Boswells School on March 19th, against those visiting from two local secondary schools, Chelmer Valley High School and Great Baddow High School.