Closing date for entries: 25 March 2020
Judging: 22, 23 and 24 April 2020 at 3M Charnwood Campus, 10 Bakewell Road, Loughborough, LE11 5RB. Please indicate your preferred judging date/time on the entry form.
The aircraft and launching device will be checked to ensure that (i) they only use materials from the Materials List (ii) the aircraft does not exceed the maximum weight limit (iii) the launching device does not exceed the maximum dimensions. The launching device will be positioned behind the launch line and the aircraft launched three times. The distance covered will be measured in centimetres by tape measure, in a straight line from the ’launch line’ to the nearest point of the aircraft. The longest distance will be used for allocation of marks.
Up to 30 marks for the distance covered by the aircraft
Up to 20 marks for STEM learning into aircraft design and factors affecting flight including forces, gravity and resistance
Up to 20 marks for design and construction including material experimentation, prototyping, design modifications and overcoming problems and challenges
Up to 15 marks for visual appearance/aesthetics of the aircraft
Up to 15 marks for the presentation
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 Charnwood Campus on 19 June 2020.
Links to Science Curriculum (England)
Forces and magnets
Links to Design and Technology Curriculum (England)
Key stage 2
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:
Links to Mathematics Curriculum (England)
Jennifer Glover is studying for a PhD at Loughborough University, researching jet engine noise reduction through sound proofing panels. Jennifer has a Masters’ degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. She is a very active member of the Women’s Engineering Society on the Council, Young Members Board and the Student Liaison Officer. As a STEM Ambassador, Jennifer is passionate about encouraging all students into engineering; promoting a better understanding of what engineers do; and inclusivity for minorities, including women and those with dyslexia like herself.
Chris Bishop is a Principal Project Engineer at 3M. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1998 with a Masters’ degree in Engineering and has managed engineering projects for 3M ever since. A Chartered Engineer and STEM Ambassador, Chris enjoys delivering maths and engineering-based activities in primary schools, and lives in Loughborough with his wife and two young children.