Closing date for entries: 25 March 2020
Judging: 14 May 2020 at 3M, Charnwood Campus, 10 Bakewell Road, Loughborough, LE11 5RB. Please indicate your preferred judging time on the entry form.
Entries will be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. Students, accompanied by their teacher, will be invited to present their Fragile Freight model to the judges and give a presentation of up to ten minutes containing information on their background research, materials selection, design experimentation, any calculations performed and construction process. Presentations should demonstrate an awareness of factors influencing the design of similar systems used for communities in Nepal which this Challenge is based on. Sketches and prototypes showing the evolution of the model’s design should be included. The presentation can take any form (PowerPoint® slides, poster, video, a talk or combination) and should aim to build the students’ confidence, communication and presentation skills. Judges will ask questions about the students’ experience of taking part, their STEM learning, awareness of global issues and their final structure. All members of a team should play a part in the presentation.
The model will be checked to ensure it only uses materials from the Materials List, and that the position of the base of the loading container(s) and horizontal distance covered are correct. The two-minute time periods will be measured using a digital stopwatch. The total weight of cherry tomatoes will be measured in grams using digital weighing scales.
Up to 30 marks for the total weight of cherry tomatoes transported
Up to 25 marks for idea generation
Up to 20 marks for design development
Up to 15 marks for an understanding of Sustainable Development
Up to 10 marks for quality of 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 on 19 June 2020.
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Key stage 3
Scientific attitudes; pupils should be taught to:
Experimental skills and investigations; pupils should be taught to:
Analysis and evaluation; through the content, pupils should be taught to:
Key stage 3
When designing and making the model, pupils should be taught to:
John Fisher is Technical Director at Lacerta Technology Ltd, a scientific instrument manufacturer supplying the materials testing industry. He has a Masters degree in Physics and Electronics and has worked in several research and industry sectors including upper atmospheric physics and oil well borehole logging. John is a STEM Ambassador and recently helped a local school to the finals of the LEGO® Robotic Challenge.
Helen is a Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce, having joined the company as a graduate after completing an MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University. Her main focus of work is the development of new automated and robotic systems into manufacturing environments. Helen is also responsible for developing the Automation skills strategy in the company, supporting continued learning at all levels – from schools to Apprenticeships to specialists. She recently won a Rising Star Award in the WeAreTheCity Science and Engineering category, sponsored by 3M.