School pupils face engineering challenge

06 March 2012

Seven schools from the west of Scotland are taking part

Seven schools from the west of Scotland are taking part

Pupils from seven schools across the west of Scotland will be visiting Glasgow Caledonian University to take part in the prestigious IET Challenge 2012.

The event is being hosted by GCU’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment, and the Caledonian Club, and offers teenagers a unique chance to showcase their budding engineering and technology skills.

Developed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Europe’s largest professional organisation in the field, the nationwide competition has attracted entries from hundreds of schools across the UK.

The schools taking part in the GCU event are Bearsden Academy, All Saints Secondary, Springburn Academy, St Margaret Mary’s Secondary, St Mungo’s Academy, all Glasgow, Lomond School, Helensburgh, and Largs Academy.

Pupils will be set a task to research, design and build prototype solutions, using mathematical, technological, engineering and science skills.

The exact nature of the challenge is being kept under wraps until the day of the event on Tuesday, March 20, but organisers have revealed it will have a London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games theme.

A spokesperson for IET said: “The Faraday Challenge focuses on skills development and highlights the wide variety of engineering related careers there are. This is also a great way to show young people the vital role engineering plays in the Olympics.”

The six schools will compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top three teams across the UK win an all-expenses trip to the National Final and IET Savoy Place, London, on June 22.