Closing date for entries: 25 March 2020
Judging: 28, 29 and 30 April 2020 at 3M, Charnwood Campus, 10 Bakewell Road, Loughborough, LE11 5RB. Please indicate your preferred judging date/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 marble runs to the judges and give a presentation of up to 10 minutes on their background research, experimentation, final design and construction. The presentation can take any form (Powerpoint® slides, poster, songs, drama, simple talk etc.) and should aim to build the students’ confidence, communication and presentation skills. The judges will ask questions about the marble run and the students’ work. 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 3M Young Innovators Challenge presentation evening at Charnwood Campus on 19 June 2020.
Paul Browning is the Strategic Medical Writer for 3M’s global Health Care Business. He studied Biological Sciences at Southampton, before a Masters and post-graduate studies at Cranfield, Oxford and Worcester. As a clinical scientist and school Trustee, Paul is passionate about increasing knowledge and experiences in STEM from a young age, to make young people aware of the amazing opportunities that STEM careers can bring.
Nishma Trivedi is a Quality Engineer in the Quality Assurance department at 3M. 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.