In 2014 Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Daresbury Laboratory (DL) were pleased to host Faraday Challenge Days, as part of a national programme run by the IET. Teams of six Year 8 students were given the challenge of creating a rocket and rocket-transport system. Apprentices from the laboratories were on hand to act as ‘STEM Consultants’ to the students, and to talk to them about what life as an engineer at our world-class laboratories is really like.
RAL was also excited to host the National Finals of the Faraday Challenge, where the top three teams from around the country competed to win up to £1,000 for their school and be crowned the winners. All the finalists were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the laboratory, giving them a glimpse at the large scale engineering which makes RAL possible. They visited ISIS, our neutron and muon source, the Central Laser Facility, as well as our Mars Yard, taking the opportunity to control some of our robots for themselves.
You can join the Finalists for their tour around the lab here:
There are some more great videos of the National Finals available on YouTube:
To find out more about the Faraday Challenges please visit the Faraday Challenge website!