Scientists of the future
This week a number of young science enthusiasts from Year 8 were selected to compete in the Faraday Challenge Day at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcott. The Faraday Challenge is an annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition designed to challenge and stretch pupils to work together to solve a real-world problem using engineering and science. The Claires Court team consisted of four Senior Boys and two Senior Girls who went head-to-head against five regional schools to battle it out and put their STEM skills to the test.
The team tasked over the course of a challenging day to plan, design and construct a prototype that could be used to assist survivors during a natural disaster. Without much help from the teachers on the day, the pupils had to independently problem solve and manage their resources to come up with a solution.
Julie Freak, Senior Boys science technician, applauded the pupils: “The team worked brilliantly and made excellent progress to construct a working attachment for a helicopter that could drop off aid packages and winch up survivors. The pupils confidently presented their ideas in a short presentation pitching the construction of the prototype. Despite their best efforts on the day the Claires Court team did not come away victorious, however, it was a very challenging and memorable day for all involved.”