3M Young Innovators Challenge

3M Young Innovators Challenge 2020 Leics/Notts

3M Young Innovators Challenge - Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire

The 2020 3M Young Innovators Challenge, sponsored by science-based technology company 3M and supported by the Loughborough Echo newspaper, the Loughborough Learning Alliance, Practical Action and the RNIB College, Loughborough, aims to inspire the next generation of original thinkers.

  • AeroTech Challenge

    Our exciting new primary Challenge will really get your pupils into blue sky thinking! Students should design an aircraft within a maximum weight limit and develop a launching device to propel it forward over the greatest distance. The Challenge supports learning into push and pull forces, gravity, air resistance, aerodynamics and material properties.

  • Fragile Freight Challenge

    A 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 primary school Challenge to design a lightweight free-standing structure, supporting as much load as possible up to a maximum of 10kg. 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.

  • Science Detectives Challenge

    Our popular CSI-style Challenge for secondary schools uses an exciting combination of forensic observation, analytical chemistry, social media analysis and suspect profiling to unravel the clues to solve a crime scene scenario. For 2020, students will investigate a 'Death among the fossils.'

  • 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? The run must incorporate a minimum of three different methods of slowing the marble's descent.

  • DizTech Challenge

    Aligned with the DT curriculum, our DizTech 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 young person aged under 18 years who has a single or multiple physical disability. Research, innovation in material use and prototyping will all score highly with the judges.


  • What's it about?

    What's it about?

    Six 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.

    45 schools and 647 students took part in 2019.

  • Who's it for?

    Who can enter?

    Open to primary and secondary Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Authority Schools, Academies and Private Schools within the circulation area of the Loughborough Echo or who are members of the Loughborough Learning Alliance. Home-educated children may also participate.

  • Young Innovators Challenge group photo

    Awards ceremony

    Watch the 2018 presentation evening showcasing the outstanding STEM talent of young innovators from Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire schools.

  • Why study STEM?

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


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