• Young Innovators from Berkshire schools celebrate their success

    June 15, 2017
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    Young Innovators from Berkshire schools celebrate their success

    After four successful years in Loughborough, the 3M Young Innovators Challenge was replicated with Bracknell Forest and Wokingham schools for the first time this year.

    Young Innovators from Berkshire schools celebrate their success

    After four successful years in Loughborough, the 3M Young Innovators Challenge was replicated with Bracknell Forest and Wokingham schools for the first time this year.

    Young Innovators from Berkshire schools celebrate their success

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      After four successful years in Loughborough, the 3M Young Innovators Challenge was replicated with Bracknell Forest and Wokingham schools for the first time this year.

      The winners wowed judges with their STEM learning and creativity. They were presented with prizes of £750 worth of educational equipment for their school at a special awards ceremony held at 3M’s head office in Bracknell on 25 May 2017.

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      For a flavour of the awards event watch the video here

      Eco Tech Primary Challenge

      Harleen, a ten year old pupil from Meadow Vale Primary School was the overall winner in the Eco Tech Primary Challenge - to make a functioning musical instrument from recycled material - and the Recycle Crew, a team of students from The Pines Primary School, was highly commended.

      Harleen created a tumbi, a traditional North Indian string instrument, using a broom handle, an empty hair gel pot and metal string. Said Harleen: “I got the idea for making a tumbi from watching a YouTube video and had three attempts before coming up with the final version. I really enjoyed the project and the experience of coming to 3M.”

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    Canyon Crossing Challenge

    The winning team in the Canyon Crossing Challenge, to design and build a bridge from a specified list of materials that can carry up to 12 kg while minimising the weight of construction, was Team Super Hughes from Meadow Vale Primary School.

    Team members and sisters Helena and Sofia, designed a suspension bridge made from cardboard tubes and covered with decoupage. Sofia said: “It was fun to do a project at home and we did a lot of research into different types of bridges to find the strongest and lightest.”

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    Tower Tech Challenge

    For the Tower Tech secondary school challenge, Eco Buddies – made up of Ella and Abbie-Louise from Ranelagh School – created a three-part, free-standing tower designed to maximise slenderness and load capacity and minimise total mass.

    Abbi said: “We were inspired by the woods outside Ella’s house and created our tower using Pringle tubes, a pop corn tub and lego bricks and figures representing ourselves. We were nervous doing the presentation, but confident that our tower would take the weights as we had worked out the calculations.”

    In this category, La Resistance, a team made up of Year 10 students at Ranelagh School, and Delta Theta, a team from Garth Hill College, were highly commended.

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    Eco Tech Secondary Challenge

    In the Eco Tech secondary school challenge, teams were asked to design and construct a functioning item of furniture for a child using only recycled or sustainable materials.

    The winners, Ranelagh Reclaimers, a team of five Year 8 and 9 students from Ranelagh School created a desk in the shape of a giraffe, complete with hosepipe tail and school scarf.

    Said Hannah: 13: “It was a real team effort and we all contributed. We tried out lots of variations before coming up with the final version and did our market research by visiting a primary school. It took us 52 hours to complete and was a lot of fun.”

    The highly commended entries in this category were Baby Bed – created by team a team of Year 7 students at St Crispin’s School – and Beats and Seats, the work of Year 9 students at Kennel Lane School.

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    The winners were chosen from 37 teams, made up of a total of 119 students from 11 primary and secondary schools across the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham districts, who took part in the contest and presented their entries to the judges at 3M’s head office in Bracknell in April.

    To see how the students presented their projects to the judges and hear teachers’ comment on the value of the 3M Young Innovators Challenge, take a look at the videos below.



    ECO Tech Primary challenge Judging

    Tower Tech Challenge Judging