Students take on the Faraday Challenge

Rescue problem tests science team’s skills

A competition to design an innovative communications tool tested the skills of a team of students from The Radclyffe School this week.

Pitting their wits against Year 8 students from five other schools, The Radclyffe School team – Ben Broomfield, Joshua Brown, Leah Magee, Maryam Akhter, Rebecca Jolley and Ellie Campbell – were given the task of researching, designing and making a prototype solution to the problem.

The students were not told the detail of the challenge before they arrived. They had to organise a rescue in a storm, creating a way of sending messages. Their ingenious solution used four coloured lights and created their own code. During the competition they built and tested their device.

Teacher of Science Mike Mawby said, “We are very proud of the students’ achievement. Their teamwork and the quality of the solution they came up with were really impressive. The judges were very impressed, letting the students know they were a credit to the school.”

The youngsters were taking part in the Faraday Challenge Day hosted by Hyde Community College. The challenge days are arranged throughout the country by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

08 March 2013

students with their Faraday Challenge creation

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