Aerospace engineers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

This DIY Primary Faraday Challenge Day encourages students to consider how engineers work together in the aerospace industry. It enables students to experience the knowledge, understandings and skills engineers use within their work and the ways in which their strengths can be used to achieve an effective outcome.

Engineers usually build prototypes to test out their ideas first. The students will need to work as a team to design an aeroplane as part of a larger product design team and then construct a transporter to move it to the next stage of development.

The transporter will need to include at least one electrical component (e.g. motor, bulb, buzzer) but the aeroplane should not include any circuits as this element will be completed at a later stage of the production process.

The prototype aeroplane must be able to fly a good distance and the prototype transporter must be able to carry it at least 3 metres in a straight line towards the next place where it will be fitted out. Students will need to think about safety, ease of use and flexibility of use. They will need to be resourceful, resilient and willing to adapt their ideas. Being an engineer can be challenging as it often entails finding out what does not work before finding out what does!

The students will have access to the Faraday shop and a budget of Faraday money. They will need to plan what resources to buy and manage and record their budget. At times they may need to make decisions about affordability and effective use and should be encouraged to identify alternative, possibly cheaper, approaches to their final designs.

At the end of the challenge day students will be asked to present their prototypes by firstly demonstrating how the aeroplane will be carried by the transporter and then flying their aeroplane as far as possible.

Designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) aged 8-11 years, the challenge encourages the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills.

This activity day can be tailored to the needs of your school and your students by adapting the PowerPoint presentation and the editable student booklet.

Expected outcomes

DIY Faraday Challenge Day for primary schools which asks teams of students to design an aircraft and transporter system.

To book this activity, please contact:
Holly Margerison-Smith
01438 767653

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way
SG1 2AY Stevenage Hertfordshire

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