Closing date for entries: 22 March 2019
Judging: 3 and 7 May 2019 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.
Up to 40 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 25 marks for evidence of STEM learning including:
Marble runs that incorporate a variety of different methods and/or materials for slowing the marble’s descent will score highly
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 Loughborough College on 14 June 2019.
£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.
Chris Bishop is a Principal Project Engineer at 3M. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1998 with a Masters degree in Engineering, and has managed engineering projects for 3M ever since. A Chartered Engineer and STEM Ambassador, Chris enjoys delivering maths and engineering-based activities in primary schools, and lives in Loughborough with his wife and two young children.
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 lives in Loughborough with her husband and two daughters, aged eight and one. She is very excited to judge the Slo-Mo Marble Challenge.