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: 11, 12 and 13 May 2021 by Microsoft Teams meeting. Please indicate your preferred judging date/time on the entry form.
Entries will be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. Students, supported by their teacher, should make a video diary of their project work, from the initial gathering of ideas and concept development, through to design modification, testing and problem solving. The video should be a maximum of five minutes duration and should be submitted in advance of the judging session. Students will be asked to deliver a presentation of up to 10 minutes length via a Microsoft Teams meeting to demonstrate their marble run and talk through their background research, material selection, design experimentation and construction processes. The judges will ask questions about the marble run and their STEM learning. All members of a team should play a part in the presentation.
£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.
Up to 35 marks for the marble run’s performance, based on the time taken for the marble to roll from the top to the bottom of the run
Up to 30 marks for evidence of STEM learning including:
Marble runs must incorporate a minimum of three different methods of slowing the marble’s descent. Additional methods will score more marks
Up to 20 marks for quality of the presentation
Up to 15 marks for the marble run’s style, aesthetics 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
Frida Nzaba is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce. Starting her engineering career in 2013, Frida joined Rolls-Royce as an apprentice and, three years later, achieved a Level 4 Extended Diploma. She then attained a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. Since January 2020, Frida has been working as an Engines and Modules Manufacturing Engineer, developing, implementing and improving methods that can be used to assemble and disassemble the engine. Outside work, Frida founded Edu-Cater Global in 2019, a non-profit social enterprise that acts as a catalyst in bridging industry and education through inspiring, energising and developing individuals to harness the power of STEM to make tangible differences to their communities and economies. Frida is also a WISE Young Professionals Board Member, advocating for women in engineering.
Nishma Trivedi is a Senior Quality Engineer in the Quality Assurance department at Kindeva Drug Delivery. She studied Biomedical Material Science at University of Manchester and obtained sponsorship to complete a Masters in Polymer Science & Engineering from Unilever. Nishma is keen to develop young minds towards STEM careers and enjoys sharing her passion through supporting careers events and school activities. She is very excited to judge the Slo-Mo Marble Challenge again.