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    A new challenge for young scientists

    December 20, 2016
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    A new challenge for young scientists

    The popular 3M Young Innovators Challenge has been extended to schools across the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham districts for 2017.

    A new challenge for young scientists

    The popular 3M Young Innovators Challenge has been extended to schools across the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham districts for 2017.

    A new challenge for young scientists

    The popular 3M Young Innovators Challenge has been extended to schools across the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham districts for 2017.

    • Young Innovators Challenge

      The outstanding success of the 3M Young Innovators Challenge, which has been run in the Loughborough area in partnership with the town’s local newspaper since 2013, has led to the launch of a brand new competition for schools local to the company’s Bracknell site in Berkshire.

      At Bracknell, the 2017 competition will be run in partnership with the organisation Learning to Work and will be open to primary and secondary schools across the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham districts.

      It will be formally launched at an event held at the Bracknell site on 10 January and the prizes will be presented by Dr Phillip Lee, the MP for Bracknell, at an awards ceremony on 27 May.

      3M’s Corporate Communications manager John Klee explained: “The Young Innovators Challenge reflects the aims of our community programme to foster young interest in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

      “The annual competition has proved enormously popular with schools in Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire and we are aiming to replicate that enthusiasm in the Bracknell and Wokingham region.”

      Learning to Work managing director Rachael Burt commented: “We are delighted to be working with 3M on this new project. We have been running annual maths competitions for primary and secondary schools in the district for some years, but the Young Innovators Challenge is definitely something different.”

      There are six challenges in the Loughborough competition and four of these are being replicated for the Berkshire schools.

      They include a new challenge for secondary schools – the Tower Tech Challenge – which has been developed with lecturers in civil and building engineering at Loughborough University. The goal is to design and build a free-standing tower that maximises slenderness and load capacity while minimising total mass.

      Another joint category is the Canyon Crossing Challenge, which was developed for the first time in 2016 by principal 3M project engineer Chris Bishop, for primary school children to build a bridge that is as light and strong as possible.

      The two additional categories run solely in the Loughborough area are a Super Food Challenge and a Science Detectives Challenge.

      Loughborough’s 2017 Young Innovators Challenge is again being supported by the Loughborough Echo and the Loughborough Learning Alliance. The closing date for entries is 31 March and the prize-giving ceremony is on 23 June with Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan as guest of honour.

      The 2016 challenge attracted 184 entries and involved some 567 pupils and students from 37 different schools in Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire.

      Reputation Communications manager Rosalind Smith said: “The Young Innovators Challenge has grown year on year in the Loughborough area and we’re hoping to increase the number of entrants yet again for 2017.

      “We have further strengthened the STEM content of the challenges this time and our Eco Tech Challenge will help to teach primary school children about the science of sound and how it’s produced.”

      Find out more about the Young Innovators Challenge