Date of release: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

IETStudents from five Medway schools had the chance to become engineers for the day when they took part in an event hosted by the University of Greenwich.

Teams from Valley Invicta Academies Trust, Rochester Grammar, Westlands School, Rainham Mark Grammar and Holcombe Grammar had the opportunity to research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems at the university's Medway Campus, in Chatham Maritime.

The event, an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge Day, was part of a national series of 147 school and sponsored events taking place.

Teams raced against the clock to solve challenges, which give them an insight into the life of a real engineer, the variety of careers on offer and the key role that engineering plays in everyday life.

Team members of Holcombe Grammar, the winning school, received a trophy and individual prizes.

Professor Peter Kyberd, Head of the university's Department of Engineering Science, part of the Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "It was exciting to see the engineer in every student emerge and meet challenges."

Holly Margerison-Smith, IET Faraday Education Manager, adds: "There is a huge demand for new engineers and technicians. We're confident that this will challenge young people's perceptions of engineers and inspire a new generation with digital technology."

The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.

The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in 2017, where they compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

The Faraday Challenge Days are part of a wider Faraday education programme, made up of a whole host of teaching resources and activities to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow.

For more on studying with the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci/about/welcome

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Picture: IET Faraday Challenge Day