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3M - The challenge of too many detectives

 Science detectives challenge

So many budding detectives wanted to put their little grey cells to the test in the first 3M Young Innovators Challenge that extra days have had to be laid on.

13th February 2013

The programme for schools has been devised by members of the corporate communications team in partnership with the Loughborough Echo newspaper and the support of the Forensic Science department of De Montfort University in Leicester.

There are five challenges for schools to choose from and the closing date for all but one of them is not until Friday, 22 March. The one exception was the Science Detectives Challenge, for which - by the cut off date of Friday, 8 February - some 21 teams had applied for just 16 places.

“The setting for this particular challenge is the De Montfort University’s Crime Scene House and fortunately they have agreed to fit in some additional days so that all the teams can take part,” explained Reputation Communications manager Rosalind Smith, a member of the organising team.

The crime scene detectives are all from Years 8-10 in schools across the Loughborough district.  They will be investigating the criminal damage caused to a dress created for Lady Gaga out of 3M materials and there are lots of forensic clues for them to investigate and samples to take back for scientific analysis at school.

Rosalind added:  “It is the first time we have organised a challenge like this for schools so we’re very pleased that it’s been greeted with such enthusiasm.”

The other four challenges are:

3M Young Innovators
The Future Learning Challenge for pupils in Years 5-11 to devise a concept for a classroom of the future.

3M Young Innovators
The Make it Move Challenge for pupils in Years 3-6 to design and construct a model vehicle that can travel unaided over the greatest distance.

3M Young Innovators
The Tomorrow’s News Challenge for pupils in Years 12-13 to write a news report on a scenario set in 2035 to communicate about science and technology.

3M Young Innovators
The Mobile App Challenge for pupils in Years 12-13 to design a concept for a mobile app to help people better manage or improve their health.

The challenges are all aimed at encouraging young interest in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths – with prizes for the pupils to win for themselves and their schools.



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