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.
Our exciting 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.
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.
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.
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.
Five 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.