Regrettably, due to school closures enforced by the January lockdown in England, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 3M Young Innovators Challenge competition.
Many of the Challenges require close collaboration and teamworking which would no longer be possible, and we do not wish to add to the already significant workload that teachers and parents face in moving again to remote learning.
The competition is always a highlight of our year and we are very disappointed that we cannot continue as planned. We look forward to engaging with you again in 2022.
Up to 40 marks for the structure's performance, based on the ratio of load carrying capacity to the structure’s weight.
Up to 25 marks for evidence of STEM learning including:
Up to 15 marks for quality of the presentation and video
Up to 20 marks for the monument’s theming, appearance and visual appeal
Total marks available = 100
The students’ year group will be taken into account when awarding marks.
Judges will select 4-6 finalists who will be invited to attend the virtual 3M Young Innovators Challenge presentation event on Thursday 27 May 2021 where the winner will be announced.
£750 of science or engineering equipment for school use plus a £50 gift voucher for the winning individual or team member. All finalists and their schools will receive a framed certificate.
All entrants will receive a certificate of entry and personalised feedback from the judges.
Dr Ajay Sharman is Regional Lead for STEM Learning Ltd across London and the South East. He manages the STEM Ambassadors programme, which is made up of volunteers from a wide range of STEM-related jobs and disciplines across the UK - people who offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects to life, and demonstrate their value in life and careers. Dr Sharman manages nine Science Learning Partnerships, supporting continuing professional development for teaching staff, as well as the STEM Clubs programme, which aims to encourage young people to have a positive attitude towards STEM subjects.
Dr Sharman has been chair and vice chair of governors at schools in Canterbury and Whitstable and is currently a trustee at Dartford Science & Technology College.
Sarah Chapman is an Application Engineering Manager at 3M. She graduated from the University of Southampton with a first class degree in Chemistry and joined 3M in 2005. Sarah has held a variety of technical roles including technical service engineer, regulatory specialist and project manager for the 3M Customer Innovation Centre. As a STEM Ambassador Sarah has relentlessly promoted STEM careers to young people for 16 years helping to develop 3M UK’s award winning education community programme. She is recognised for inspiring colleagues and external peers and has won multiple awards, including most recently a STEM Inspiration Award and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Outreach and Engagement Award. Sarah is thrilled to support the Young Innovators competition and is looking forward to judging creative projects in the Mighty Monument Challenge.