Slo-Mo Marble Challenge

Berkshire

Slo-Mo Marble Challenge

  • Slo-Mo Marble Challenge

    What's it about?

    This exciting primary school Challenge is to design and build a slo-mo marble run using materials from a given list, which maximises the time taken by a standard glass marble to roll from the top to the bottom.

    Judges will be looking for evidence of STEM learning through research into gravity; energy; friction; gradient and material properties, together with innovative design and construction to slow the marble’s descent.

    Eligible school year groups: Years 3-6

    Entries accepted from: Individuals or teams of 2-5 students. Schools may submit a maximum of 3 entries for the Challenge. Teams may be mixed age if desired.

    Open to: Bracknell Forest and Wokingham Authority schools, academies and private schools. Home-educated children may also participate. See our Terms and Conditions.

    Main marble banner image © www.frugalfun4boys.com reproduced with kind permission

    Watch the video to see the creative entries in the 2018 competition.


  • British Science Association CREST Awards

    CREST Discovery Award

    3M will pay for entries for the Slo-Mo Marble Challenge to be submitted for a British Science Association CREST Discovery Award. See our Terms and Conditions. Please indicate your consent on the Entry Form.


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Important Dates

Closing date for entries: 22 March 2019


Judging: 26 and 29 April 2019 at 3M Centre, Cain Road, Bracknell, RG12 8HT. Please indicate your preferred judging date/time on the entry form.

Judging
Entries will be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. Students, accompanied by their teacher, will be invited to present their marble runs to the judges and give a presentation of up to 10 minutes on their background research, experimentation, final design and construction. The presentation can take any form (Powerpoint® slides, poster, songs, drama, simple talk etc.) and should aim to build the students’ confidence, communication and presentation skills. The judges will ask questions about the marble run and the students’ work. All members of a team should play a part in the presentation.
Testing
  • The dimensions of the marble run will be checked
  • The marble will be released from the top of the marble run and allowed to roll to the bottom
  • The time taken for the marble to complete its journey will be measured using a digital stopwatch
  • If the marble stops during its run and fails to reach the bottom, the time taken to reach the point at which it stopped will be taken as the time for the run
  • Each entrant/team will be allowed a maximum of 3 runs, and the longest time taken will be used for judging purposes
  • Mark Scheme

    Up to 40 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 25 marks for evidence of STEM learning including:

  • background research
  • idea generation
  • design and material experimentation
  • prototyping
  • overcoming problems and challenges

  • Marble runs that incorporate a variety of different methods and/or materials for slowing the marble’s descent will score highly


    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.

    Prizes

    £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.

    Curriculum links
    Links to Science Curriculum (England)

    Year 3 Forces and magnets

    Pupils should be taught to:
  • compare how things move on different surfaces

  • Year 5 Forces and magnets

    Pupils should be taught to:
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces

  • Non statutory
    Pupils should explore the effects of friction on movement and find out how it slows or stops moving objects.

    Important documents to download

    Please make sure you download these important documents for the Slo-Mo Marble Challenge. Please save the entry form to your device and send as a file attachment to 3Mcentreevents@mmm.com.


    If you have any questions, please Get in Touch.
    Please see our Terms and Conditions.


    Judges

    • Andy Fish

      Andy Fish

      Andy Fish joined 3M 15 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

      Dawn Thompson

      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.

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