St Olave's Faraday challenge winnersA team of St Olave’s pupils will have the chance to compete in the national final of one of the UK’s most esteemed STEM competitions.

The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Faraday Challenge days present young scientists with a real-life engineering problem, which they must race against the clock to solve.

Teams from Archbishop Holgate School, Manor Academy, The Minster School, The Mount School and two from St Olave’s met at St Peter’s School for the regional final, where they were presented with a task to design a new feature for Thorpe Park.

At the end of the day, each team presented their solutions to an independent IET adjudicator, who ruled that a St Olave’s team’s proposal was the best. Depending on the performance of other teams around the country, the children are now in with a chance of receiving an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final.

Anja Miller, Head of Science at St Olave’s, said: “Everyone has enjoyed a really valuable and interesting experience of engineering today. We’ve seen a lot of great teamwork and some really original designs. The hard work of all the participants was evident in their final presentations, which were expertly and confidently delivered. A big well done to everybody involved, and we look forward to seeing what challenges the next round throws up.”