Closing date for entries: 25 March 2020
Judging: 4, 5 and 6 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 Mighty Monument to the judges and give a presentation of up to 10 minutes containing information on their inspiration, research, material selection, prototypes, design and construction involved in creating their structure. The presentation can take any form (Powerpoint® slides, poster, simple talk etc.) and should aim to build the students’ confidence, communication and presentation skills. The judges will ask questions about the structure and their work. All members of a team should play a part in the presentation.
The structure will be weighed prior to loading using digital weighing scales, and the height of the base of the load container checked with a tape measure. Increasing load will be applied to the container, using small stainless steel blocks in 100g, 250g or 500g increments, to a maximum load of 10kg. Blocks may be loaded in any pattern within the container, as directed by the students. More than one block can be added at the same time, if desired, to maintain stability.
Testing will stop when:
the monument breaks or falls over
the load is no longer supported at a height of 900mm
or the entrant/team requests that no further load is applied
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:
overcoming problems and challenges
Up to 15 marks for quality of the presentation
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 3M Young Innovators Challenge presentation evening at Charnwood Campus on 19 June 2020, where their Mighty Monuments and presentations will be displayed and the winner will be announced.
£750 of science or engineering equipment for school use plus a £50 gift voucher for the winning individual or team member. All finalists and their schools will receive a framed certificate.
All entrants will receive a certificate of entry and personalised feedback from the judges.
Links to Science Curriculum (England)
explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
Year 5 Forces and magnets
Pupils should be taught to:
Links to Design and Technology Curriculum (England)
Key stage 2
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:
use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose
generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, prototypes
select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials
investigate and analyse a range of existing products
evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
Links to Geography Curriculum (England)
Key Stage 2
Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
Pupils should be taught to:
understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region in North or South America
Geographical skills and fieldwork
use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
use fieldwork to observe, measure record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies