Rising to the challenge

The Derby High School’s innovative Design and Technology department hosted one of the North West regional Faraday Challenge STEM day. The Technology department organised the day and invited other schools to ensure that the day provided a high level of competition.

The five teams were from across the North West: The Derby High School (Bury), Fred Longworth High School (Wigan), The Radcliffe School, The Oldham Hulme Grammar School and The North Chadderton School (All Oldham schools)

The competition was run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology in conjunction with Airbus and involved students working in teams of six to plan, design, budget, build and present a prototype to help support worldwide natural disaster relief efforts. The teams also had to create a working prototype using electrical components and circuits such as moisture sensors, buzzers and motors.

All teams had a fixed budget and had to use their Faraday currency to buy resources and hire equipment to build their prototype. Allowing them to get a real-life insight into planning and budgeting of projects and products.

Students at The Derby High School created a disaster relief boxed package which could land safely under any terrain on sea or desert and alert anyone in need of food, shelter or medicine.

Our Technology subject leaders were tasked with looking after the resource shop and ensuring that teams had kept a budget plan and spent accordingly. They also had to report back to the challenge leader how well each time had kept to their budget and give a full account of expenditure for each time.

Unbelievably only three points separated first and last place. Fred Longworth High School scored the highest points on the day and they will go onto a regional final later in the year.

We look forward to hosting the event again next year.