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.
Closing date for entries: 25 March 2021
Virtual judging: 26 and 27 April 2021 by Microsoft Teams meeting. Please indicate your preferred judging date/time on the entry form.
Up to 35 marks for the marble run’s performance, based on the time taken for the marble to roll from the top to the bottom of the run
Up to 30 marks for evidence of STEM learning including:
Marble runs must incorporate a minimum of three different methods of slowing the marble’s descent. Additional methods will score more marks
Up to 20 marks for quality of the presentation and video.
Up to 15 marks for the marble run’s style, aesthetics 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.
Andy Fish joined 3M 17 years ago, having previously worked in the digital imaging and printing industry as a field service technician. He has a background in engineering and electronics and is a trained blacksmith. Andy has been in various technical roles at 3M with responsibilities including training, research and development and bid management. He is currently the technical service specialist for 3M Traffic Safety Systems. In his spare time Andy is a musician and songwriter, and enjoys playing and recording music.
Dawn Thompson is a senior account manager for the South East region of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). The ECITB is the statutory training board and awarding body with responsibility for the training and development of the UK’s engineering construction workforce. She joined the organisation in November 2014 following a seven year career within the oil and gas sector, delivering and managing graduates, apprenticeships and project control-based vocational qualifications. Dawn’s background spans many industry sectors and multi-disciplinary experience.