Closing date for entries: 22 January 2020. Visits to 3M for Crime Scene and Laboratory activities: 28 and 29 January 2020, individual times to be confirmed.
Judging: 18 and 19 May 2020 at 3M, Charnwood Campus, 10 Bakewell Road, Loughborough, LE11 5RB. Please indicate your preferred date/time on the entry form.
All entries will be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. Teams, accompanied by their teacher, will be asked to develop and present to the judging panel:
1) A short Crime Scene Report
2) A Lab Analysis Report
3) A Poster summarising the conclusions and inferences drawn from their investigation
The judges will ask questions of the team about their thought processes, forensic and analytical observations. The poster can be any size and format, and exhibition panels will be provided to display the above materials.
The students’ year group(s) will be taken into account when awarding marks.
Up to 4 finalists will be invited to attend the Young Innovators Challenge presentation evening at Charnwood Campus on 19 June 2020, where their posters and presentation materials will be displayed, and the winner will be announced.
£750 of scientific laboratory 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)
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 Chemistry
Pure and impure substances
Key Stage 4 Chemical analysis
Sam Holmes is a Marketed Product Support Group Leader in the Analytical Research and Development department at 3M. She graduated from York University in 2003 with a Chemistry degree and subsequently completed a Masters in Forensic Science. Sam enjoyed mentoring a group of students taking part in the 3M Work Experience Week in 2019 and is looking forward to being a judge again for the Science Detectives Challenge. Sam lives in East Leake with her partner and six year old daughter.
Dr Martin Arrowsmith is a medical device consultant with over forty years' experience in healthcare science. Following completion of his research into novel drug delivery systems at Nottingham University, Martin investigated the physical chemistry of new drugs before joining 3M in pharmaceutical development. He later transitioned to support 3M's UK and European wound care and infection control business. During his 33 years with the company, Martin mentored many new recruits and is looking forward to judging the Science Detectives Challenge again.