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    A chance for young innovators to shine

    January 16, 2019
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    A chance for young innovators to shine

    The launch of the 2019 3M Young Innovators Challenge competitions has been given a warm welcome by teachers from primary and secondary schools.

    A chance for young innovators to shine

    The launch of the 2019 3M Young Innovators Challenge competitions has been given a warm welcome by teachers from primary and secondary schools.

    A chance for young innovators to shine

    The launch of the 2019 3M Young Innovators Challenge competitions has been given a warm welcome by teachers from primary and secondary schools.

    • Young Innovators Challenge 2019

      The annual schools competition has been run in the Loughborough area since 2013 and in Bracknell since 2017.

      This year’s Leicestershire/South Nottinghamshire launch was hosted at 3M’s office at Charnwood Campus in Loughborough and was attended by more than 40 teachers, along with other school representatives and education advisers.

      They were introduced to the six challenges, which this year include two new categories; the Fragile Freight Challenge for secondary schools and the Mighty Monument Challenge for primary schools.

      Both challenges have an engineering theme and support STEM learning by encouraging the participants to explore structures, forces, gravity and material properties.

      Also returning this year are the Science Detectives Challenge - a firm favourite with secondary school students and already fully booked with 24 teams taking part – and the Cargo Carrier Challenge for primary schools that supports STEM learning into boat design, stability and buoyancy.

      The other Loughborough categories include the Slo-Mo Marble Challenge exploring gravity, energy, friction and material properties - which proved a hit with primary schools last year - and the VizTech Challenge for secondary schools. This challenge is aligned with the DT curriculum and invites students to design and construct a sensory toy or product for a blind or partially sighted young person.

      Said Reputation Communications manager Rosalind Smith: “We were delighted to see some new schools at our launch event, together with many familiar faces. This ongoing participation demonstrates how highly teachers value the competition and how it develops STEM, communication, teamworking and other skills in their students.”

      The Fragile Freight Challenge, Mighty Monument Challenge, Slo-Mo Marble Challenge and the VizTech Challenge are also being run for schools in Berkshire.

      The Bracknell launch event at 3M Centre was attended by teachers from schools across the Bracknell and Wokingham districts.

      John Klee, Corporate Communications manager at 3M, added: “It is tremendously important that we encourage and inspire the younger generation to pursue STEM subjects, as those working in these fields have the power to change the world for the better.

      “Every year, it is incredibly rewarding to see the level of involvement and the standard of entries in this competition. I’m sure 2019 will be no exception.”

      Sarah Rook is a technician at Sandhurst school and attended the Bracknell launch. She said: “We enjoyed taking part in the competition last year and were delighted that one of our teams won a top award in the Eco Tech secondary school challenge. We used the prize money to buy a 3D printer for the school and the students love using this to create new products.

      “The Young Innovators Challenge is a great way for students to develop practical skills and creative thinking and we are looking forward to taking part again this year. I’ll leave it to the students to decide which category to enter, but think that the Fragile Freight Challenge sounds like great fun.”

      Some 640 young people reached the judging stages of the 2018 Young Innovators Challenges, which are also open to home-educated children living in the Loughborough and Bracknell areas.

      As well as the chance to compete for the top prizes of £750 worth of equipment for their school and £50 of Supercheques for individuals, all participants are entered into the British Science Association’s CREST Award scheme, earning them a nationally recognised accreditation, funded by 3M, for their work towards the competition.



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