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Faraday Challenge Day 2015-16

Applications to the IET will be accepted

from today (Wednesday 15th July 2015)

for schools wanting
to host a

Faraday Challenge Day

in the 2015-16
academic year.

There are a couple of differences to the competition this year, which is in partnership with BBC micro:bit. The competition this year is open to year 7 (or equivalent) students, and schools applying will also need to register for free micro:bits from the BBC.

The IET aim to provide 80 challenge days this year, and are keen to see applications from around the country. More information about the project and links to registration are below.

Free STEM activity days in your school or college
– apply now to host an IET Faraday Challenge Day in partnership with BBC micro:bit
"The IET are taking part in a pioneering partnership led by the BBC. It seems personal coding devices will be sent free to children in Year 7 across the whole of the UK. These micro:bits aim to give students an exciting and engaging introduction to coding, helping them to realise their early potential and, ultimately, put a new generation back in control of technology, as part of the BBC’s wider Make it Digital initiative.
The 2015/16 season of Faraday Challenge Days will be based around the BBC micro:bit devices and have been designed to introduce Year 7 students to coding and get them interested in this area so that they can move onto other, more complex devices in future. It is through its charitable arm of the IET that we are able to provide these activity days at no charge to UK schools."
The IET propose to run a total of 80 Micro Bit Activity Days running from January to June 2016.

There are two ways to take part
Each host school needs a school hall or large classroom for the day, and six teams of six Year 7 students to take part (36 students in total).
Schools can either apply to: 
  • enter all six teams from their own school, or
  • enter one team from their own school, and invite five teams from local schools to join them.
The deadline for applications is Monday 28th September 2015 - don't forget to send in your application form by then.
In order for your school to take part you must also register with the BBC to receive your micro:bits.
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