IET Faraday Challenge 2017

IMDA (Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore) has invited the IET Singapore to organise Faraday Challenge on 29th and 30th April 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre. In this two-day event, IMDA aims at educating the public about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as a vital nation-building element. This year, the chosen topics for Faraday Challenge was adapted are Communications Challenge and Table Tennis Server Challenge, for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The Faraday Challenge was kickstarted by a fun ice-breaking game to bond the 20 participants of ages 9 to 12 years old. Then the participants were drawn randomly to form 4 groups, with a facilitator in each group to provide guidance and advice to the participants. Afterwards, the MC briefed the participants on the safety measures and rules of the Challenge. A video was played via two large screens to introduce the thrilling "Mission to Mars". The participants were encouraged to practice teamwork and to brainstorm on the strategy to create the best rocket prototypes, considering several factors such as shape, weight and hardness. Each group was given 110 Faraday Dollars, a virtual currency that allowed participants to purchase materials at the Faraday Shop. The participants were expected to plan the budget carefully so that they are able to utilise the money in the most meaningful way. Most of the groups were very creative in building a rocket prototype. They assigned different roles to each member - Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Accountants etc.

Most of the participants were able to work as a team effectively to produce wonderful results.Although they did not know each other before the Challenge, they learnt valuable skills and
knowledge together and, at the same time, gained meaningful friendships.

The last section of the Faraday Challenge was the presentation by each group before the panel of judges, consisting of Dr John Tan and Mr Richard Fong. Each group was expected to explain the design of their prototypes and addressed several questions posted by the judges.

Blog IET Singapore Network 01/05/2017 1:38am BST

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