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.
Closing date for entries: 25 March 2021
Virtual judging: 18, 19 and 20 May 2021 by Microsoft Teams meeting. Please indicate your preferred judging date and time on the entry form.
Up to 40 marks for the structure's performance, based on the ratio of load carrying capacity to the structure’s weight.
Up to 25 marks for evidence of STEM learning including:
Up to 15 marks for quality of the presentation and video
Up to 20 marks for the monument’s theming, appearance 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 virtual 3M Young Innovators Challenge presentation event on Thursday 10 June 2021, where the winner will be announced.
Gaelle Verres is a System Design and Integration Engineer at Rolls-Royce plc. She graduated from the University of Bordeaux with an MSc in System Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance and joined Rolls-Rolls in 2017. Prior to this she worked for 10 years in Toulouse as a contractor for Airbus. During her career Gaelle has held a variety of technical roles, and as a female engineer in the aerospace industry, encourages young people and girls in particular to embrace a STEM career. Gaelle believes that STEM is a great enabler to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She is also passionate about travelling and believes that every country and culture can be a source of inspiration for problem solving.
Judith Payne has worked for Leicestershire Education Business Company for over 20 years, working extensively with primary and secondary schools and setting up the Right to Read scheme in Leicestershire before specialising in STEM project work. Judith currently manages all the company’s STEM work with schools and businesses in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Judith is also a qualified teacher, lives in West Leicestershire and has two grown up children.