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The Hayesbrook School

Hayesbrook Students take part in UK Engineering Challenge

Hayesbrook students became real-life engineers for the day as part of the IET Faraday Challenge Day on 7 December.

Teams of students raced against the clock, researching, designing and building solutions to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge, set up by staff and volunteers from the  Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET).

Holly Margerison-Smith, 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 Land Rover BAR team in the hope that this will give them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety a career in engineering can offer and the central role it plays in our everyday lives.

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 a new generation with digital technology."

Mrs Christmas, Curriculum Leader for Science, said: "The day was very well organised and stretched the students – using coding is going to be a vital skill desired by employers. All students showed resilience in completing tasks and presenting their ideas at the end."

Year 8 student, Ben Sellors, said: "The activities were challenging which made it fun. It was good to work as a team with different people and to get to use the Micro bits for coding. I learnt lots of new skills and we won vouchers to spend which is brilliant!"

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.

The winning team of Ben Sellors, Lewin Smith, Jack Stone, Ben Hermitage, Sam Rugg and Tom Noble (pictured at the top of the page) won gift vouchers and a trophy for The Hayesbrook School. The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in 2017.