• Young innovators get busy in Science Week

    April 25, 2016
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    Schools in the Loughborough area spent British Science Week working on their entries to this year’s 3M Young Innovators Challenge.

    Schools in the Loughborough area spent British Science Week working on their entries to this year’s 3M Young Innovators Challenge.

    Schools in the Loughborough area spent British Science Week working on their entries to this year’s 3M Young Innovators Challenge.

    • Among the schools entering was Woodcote Primary School at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, a finalist in all three categories open to primary schools last year and an Eco Tech Challenge winner in 2014.

      Year 5 teacher Mel Blythe said the pupils entered for three categories again this year, including the new one for 2016 – The Canyon Crossing Challenge.

      This challenge was created for the competition by 3M principal project engineer Chris Bishop, who was also one of the judges. It required the pupils to design and build a bridge that is as strong and as light as possible.

      “The children all loved getting involved with the challenges,” Mel commented. “The competition gets them really interested in STEM subjects, often without them realising at first that they’re using the laws of physics and chemistry.

      “The new Canyon Crossing has proved a great favourite this year. It’s involved the children in having to think about what they use to build the bridge – the properties of the materials, the process of putting it together and troubleshooting when things go wrong.”

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