3M Young Innovators Challenge 2019 in Berkshire

3M Young Innovators Challenge - Bracknell Forest/Wokingham

The 2019 3M Young Innovators Challenge, sponsored by science-based innovation company 3M and supported by Practical Action, aims to inspire the next generation of original thinkers.

  • Fragile Freight Challenge

    A new secondary Challenge, developed in conjunction with Practical Action, tasks students to devise a system for transporting fragile freight across a specified height and distance as quickly as possible, in a controlled manner. This depicts a problem faced by communities in Nepal who need to efficiently transport delicate produce, grown on steep mountain terrain, to market. The Challenge supports STEM learning into forces, gravity, material properties and structures, while demonstrating how engineering can improve the lives of people in the developing world.

  • Mighty Monument Challenge

    An exciting new primary school Challenge to design a lightweight free-standing structure, supporting as much load as possible up to a maximum of 5kg. The structure may be themed on an existing world monument or pupils may construct a monument to honour a person or event relevant to their school's locality. The Challenge supports STEM learning into structures and forces, together with place knowledge aspects of the primary geography curriculum.

  • Slo-Mo Marble Challenge

    A primary school Challenge to support STEM learning about gravity, energy, friction and material properties. How slow can you make a marble descend a marble run?

  • VizTech Challenge

    Aligned with the DT curriculum, our VizTech Challenge is to design and construct either a sensory toy; a product to make a sports activity or hobby more accessible; or a device to make performing an everyday task easier for a blind or partially sighted person aged under 18. Research, innovation in material use and prototyping will all score highly with the judges.


  • What's it about?

    What's it about?

    Four Challenges linked to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum to inspire primary and secondary school children to study STEM subjects, leading to rewarding and fulfilling future careers.

  • Who's it for?

    Who can get involved?

    Open to primary and secondary Bracknell Forest and Wokingham Authority schools, academies and private schools. Home-educated children may also participate.

  • Bracknell YIC group photo

    Awards ceremony

    Watch the 2017 presentation evening, showcasing the outstanding STEM talent of young innovators from Berkshire schools.

  • Why study STEM?

    Hear 3M employees talking about how STEM subjects are a passport to an exciting career.

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