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Meeting the engineering challenge

24 June 2011

winning team - webThe winning team from Cathays High School

Budding young engineers from six schools in Cardiff researched, designed and built solutions to real problems at the School of Engineering.

The University hosted the Faraday engineering challenge, with teams from: Llanderyn, Rumney, Llanrumney, Llanishan, Cathays and St. Martins High Schools all taking part.

The event at the Cardiff School of Engineering was one of 50 Faraday engineering challenge days involving pupils from 300 schools across the UK, organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Six teams of six 12 to 13-year-olds were challenged to build a robotically controlled arm of the type used in keyhole surgery. The arm needed to be capable of picking up a ball and dropping it in a different place.

The challenge days aim to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by encouraging creativity, innovation and problem solving skills.

Gareth James, the IET’s Head of Education, said: "The Faraday programme is all about inspiring and attracting tomorrow’s engineers. Engineering is often an invisible industry amongst young people. They also have preconceived negative ideas about what engineers look like and the jobs they do.

Faraday 2 - webThomas Dawkes and Jodie Rooks from Llanrumney High School work on their robotic arm

"Through these challenge days, made possible through the kind support of Google’s Tides Foundation, and the entire Faraday programme we aim to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects and consider engineering as a possible career path."

Steve Watts, Cardiff School of Engineering said: "The young people attending the challenge days experienced hands-on, practical events to challenge their perceptions and encourage them to appreciate engineering as an exciting, rewarding career path."

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Budding engineers talk about their experiences at the School of Engineering

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Steve Watts, Cardiff School of Engineering, discusses the Faraday engineering challenge