Year 8 excel during the Faraday STEM Challenge
December 14, 2022

Year 8 pupils at Rydal Penrhos got the opportunity to take part in a STEM initiative taking the country by storm.

STEM is much more than just science and mathematics concepts. The focus of hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a child or young person’s ability to think outside of the box, to project-manage different scenarios, it enhances creativity and enables pupils to be more prepared for the 21st century, which is something our staff at Rydal Penrhos actively encourage.

Other skills attained through STEM learning include problem-solving, real-time thinking, igniting curiosity, promoting leadership and perhaps most importantly, learning from mistakes and reacting accordingly.

These important development tools go a long way in preparing them to be innovative throughout their academic subjects and whatever our pupils choose to pursue in higher education and the working world.

Rydal Penrhos welcomed members from the IET Faraday Challenge last week, which is a special initiative being run in association with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) this year.

The challenge took place in the recently renovated Osborn Hall, which is growing in stature as Rydal Penrhos’ hub for education, performances and other crucial events such as examinations.

It was based on aviation engineering. Teams raced against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.

Natalie Moat, IET Faraday education manager, said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year will experience working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to modern aviation and drones industry.”

A huge congratulations to all our Year 8 pupils on their fine efforts. The teamwork and problem-solving prowess demonstrated were amazing to see.


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