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Trust schools take part in Faraday Challenge Day

Two of our Trust schools, Corby Technical School and Kettering Science Academy, were among those who took part in the Faraday Challenge Day, an engineering competition led by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Year 8 students were hosted at Kettering Science Academy for the challenge. They researched, designed and built solutions to real-life engineering problems whilst being up against the clock.

Natalie Clerke, IET Faraday Education Manager, said: ‘Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days 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 it is.

‘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.'

Dr Mick Dunne from IET who led the competition at KSA said: 'The two most important things the students get out of the competition are perceiving engineering differently and developing their soft skills such as communication, listening, negotiation and compromise. The integrity the students showed, their sensitivity, combined with honesty and criticality was wonderful.'

KSA Science Teacher Mrs Oliver said: ‘It was really exciting and a privilege to host this year’s Faraday Challenge. The challenge provided the students with a great opportunity to put their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test. All of the students had a brilliant day.’

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