Closing date for entries: 25 March 2020
Judging: 1 and 4 May 2020 at 3M Centre, Cain Road, Bracknell, RG12 8HT. 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
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 3M Young Innovators Challenge presentation evening at 3M Centre, Bracknell, on Thursday 6 June 2019, where their marble runs and presentation materials will be displayed and 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 16 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.