14 January 2013
That’s being put to the test in an exciting new programme devised for schools across the Loughborough area.
The Young Innovators Challenge has been created by staff at the Loughborough site of the diversified technology company 3M, in partnership with the Loughborough Echo newspaper.
The schools programme is aimed at encouraging young people to see science, technology, engineering and maths – known as the STEM subjects - as being dynamic and inspiring subjects that can lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers.
And some rewards are instant, with top prizes for the winners of each of the five challenges being set.
Julie Owen, 3M Business Communications manager, says the competition has been specially designed to offer opportunities for pupils of all ages to take part. “3M has a community programme that supports the teaching of STEM subjects and this competition is in line with that and with the curriculum being taught in the classroom,” she explains.
“It’s been developed with the help of local teachers and the Forensic Science department of De Montfort University in Leicester and is open to more than 80 schools within the catchment area of the Loughborough Echo.
“We are very excited about it and are hoping for a lot of interest among schools and colleges wanting to take part.”
The five challenges for schools to choose are:
The Future Learning Challenge
Science Detectives Challenge
Make it Move Challenge
Tomorrow’s News Challenge
Mobile App Challenge
The Young Innovators Challenge was launched at a special event held at 3M’s Morley Street offices in Loughborough on Thursday, 10 January. Attending were a number of headteachers and heads of STEM subjects from local schools and colleges.
The closing date for entries is Friday, 22 March for all the challenges except for the Science Detectives – the closing date for that is Friday, 8 February.
Judging will take place in April with a presentation evening on 26 April at the Henry Ford College in Loughborough, where the prizes will be presented by Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan.
Full details can be found at the website www.3M.co.uk/younginnovators
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