Talented young St Gabriel’s engineers win Faraday Challenge
On Tuesday the 19 January, 6 talented and promising engineers from St Gabriel’s RC High School made their way to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to take part in a Faraday Challenge run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The trip involved a full-day challenge involving the much-anticipated BBC Micro:Bit programmable device. They aim to give students an exciting and engaging introduction to coding. Every pupil in year 7 in the UK will be eligible to receive a free Micro:Bit that will be used by their schools to develop their programming skills.
At each event teams compete to win an Amazon voucher for themselves and an exclusive IET Faraday/BBC Micro:Bit sports watch and a trophy for their school. During the day the pupils had to identify problems and generate two solutions before engineering the Micro:Bit to function as intended. The pupils then had to prepare for an entrepreneurial Dragon's Den style pitch to the judges. The competition was very strong amongst the groups but the 6 St Gabriel’s pupils showed their outstanding form and went on to win. Participant and winner Fred Bailey said, “We arrived at the MOSI full of anticipation, we were going to program Micro:Bits (small circuit boards with rows of LED lights that could be programmed to do several things) and find uses for them.” Winning team member Thomas Gaddes continues, “Our group made a step counter and a pet tracker. We all had to present our product to the judge at the end of the day. It was nerve-wrecking but we all found it fairly easy to do. We were extremely surprised when we found out that we had won first prize, a £10 Amazon voucher and a watch!”.
Photo showing pupils holding winning trophy: (front row L to R) Fred Bailey, Holly Walsh, Harrison Warburton (back row L to R) Thomas Gaddes, Emily Butterworth, Zosia Milejski