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Manchester High School for Girls


Young engineering enthusiasts from Manchester High School for Girls triumphed at the annual Institute of Engineering (IET) Faraday Challenge held at MHSG on 22nd November.

An engineering-based competition for schools; the challenge features genuine, real-life engineering problems, and this year’s task was for students to design a new ride for Thorpe Park.

A team of  Year 8 girls beat stiff competition from local schools including East Manchester Academy, Levenshulme High School and Cedar Mount Academy, and won the day’s challenge with ‘Puzzle Palace’; their interpretation of an amusement park ride.

Sajida from the winning team commented:

“We were so happy to win! We now may get through to a national event next year with the six best teams across the country competing against each other.

The winning MHSG team in the Faraday Challenge 2017 with Sajida on the left.

“Our team had great skills for this challenge; I managed the project, Zainab was good at maths and the perfect accountant, and Kelly was our electrical engineer as she was very skilled at handling circuits.

“Catrin was made the performance engineer because she liked the testing our ideas, and Ebube took the environmentalist’s role with her interest in making the design greener. 

“Puzzle Palace was a place where there were no height or age restrictions; anyone could go in. Our prototype featured a touch room where you feel the walls to find buttons which make noises and light. One button opened a door through which you could smell a room.

“I was really glad to be able to represent MHSG at this competition; thank you to everyone who helped the event happen.”