Faraday Challenge Day at Dinnington Comprehensive School

As I was walking back to my old school today on a bright and sunny morning it occurred to me that it is now 40 years ago since I left on a similar sunny day to head off university, the big wide world and the rest of my life.

So why was I going back today?

Following some ideas conceived over a few beers with some ex-Dinnington school friends last June, I’ve been working with Welcome to Yorkshire and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on a design competition for schools linked to the forthcoming Yorkshire Grand Départ. The IET’s Education Department agreed to support a Yorkshire mini-season of Faraday Challenge Days, using 3D Design and Printing technology and with Cycling as a theme.

Well, today was Dinnington’s turn so I went along to help.

It was moving to see so many enthusiastic youngsters grab hold of the engineering challenge posed in an introductory video featuring Ricky Feather. The teams had a really busy day – starting with a design brief and producing working prototypes by early afternoon.

Although I was delighted that in the opinion of the judge my old school house Osborne had won the day (and the chance to visit the National Cycling Centre in Manchester), I’d like to congratulate all those who took part. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and that you will remember this experience for many years to come. I’d also like to thank Deputy Head Chris Eccles for taking up my suggestion of holding this event at Dinnington and the support provided by the teaching staff.

The Faraday Challenge Day mini-season is being held at a number of schools in the Yorkshire region over the next few weeks, and will go nationwide to visit another 60+ schools from September. If you think you can assist the delivery team as a volunteer or would like to find out how a school near you might host an event please contact faraday@theiet.org for further details.