First Regional Faraday Challenge on October 5

Hakim Hayat

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei Darussalam Local Network (LN) is hosting the first Regional Faraday Challenge where students from Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong will compete in designing and building a prototype along the theme ‘Mission to Mars’.

This was revealed by IET Brunei LN Honorary Chairman Lieutenant Colonel (U) Schufin bin Haji Brahim at a press conference yesterday.

The challenge, organised by IET LN Young Professional Section (YPS) in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC), will take place on October 5 at Aman Hills Hotel in Jalan Muara.

Lieutenant Colonel (U) Schufin said this is in line with the IET Brunei’s vision and mission in promoting the general advancement of science, engineering and technology and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among the public, especially students.

The Brunei team will be represented by St George’s School, the 2019 local Faraday challenge runner-up, who will compete with top Faraday challenge winners from Carmel Pak U Secondary School of Hong Kong, SMK Batu Bintang Secondary School of Malaysia and Raffles Girls School of Singapore.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei Darussalam Local Network (LN) Honorary Chairman Lieutenant Colonel (U) Schufin bin Haji Brahim speaks during the press conference. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

The challenge is an annual competition for Year 10 students from local secondary schools with the aim of introducing future generation leaders to the sheer excitement of science, technology and engineering, while giving them the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions for genuinely tough engineering problems.

The challenge encourages the development of the participants’ problem solving, team work and communication skills. The participants will act as engineer specialists recruited by ‘Make it 2 Mars’ to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2023.

The students will design and construct a rocket which will transport supplies via earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars, as well as building a system to transport their rocket to the launch site for testing.

The public, including parents and students, especially Years 8 to 10 students are encouraged to watch and support the Bruneian team. Visitors will also get to view exhibits and activities organised by YPS, on campus and OGDC throughout the event.

The Faraday challenge, which started in 2015, saw increasing participation from local secondary schools in the last few years. Sayyidina Othman Secondary School emerged as the champion of the Faraday challenge in April, which was participated by five secondary schools.

IET Brunei LN also announced that it will host the Asia-Pacific Community Volunteer Conference 2019 from October 5-6 where some 60 overseas delegates comprising members and volunteers from IET Local Networks across the region will convene and discuss strategies, best practices, products and services as well as topics of interest to IET’s Local Networks in the region around the theme of ‘Building a Better Region for Tomorrow’.