3M Young Innovator Challenge awards this Friday
YOUNGSTERS from across the area are gearing up for a celebration of their achievements in the 2018 3M Young Innovators Challenge.
More than 450 pupils from 32 primary and secondary schools took part in this year’s competition, which featured six unique challenges, each aligned with a different subject from the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Science-based technology company 3M, which is behind the annual contest, has invited around 265 students, parents and teachers to a presentation evening this Friday, June 15.
The event is being held at The Hub building inside Loughborough College.
There, they will find out which of the 145 teams that entered has won in each category, now that the arduous judging process has ended.
Julie Owen, communications manager at 3M’s Loughborough site at Charnwood Campus, said: “It’s been incredible to see all the amazing creations youngsters in this region have been able to produce.
“All the entries were fantastic, so everyone who took part should feel extremely proud.
“Of course, the winners will have extra cause for celebration, but we’ll have plenty going on at the presentation evening to make it a special event for all involved.”
Loughborough MP and former education minister Nicky Morgan, the guest of honour, will then hand out certificates at a presentation ceremony in the venue’s theatre room.
After this, Dr Will Whittow, from Loughborough University’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, will give a talk about the exciting possibilities of a career in engineering.
Mrs Morgan said: “Loughborough is one of the United King- dom’s great centres of science and engineering innovation.
“I never fail to be amazed by the inspirational ideas our young people have when rising to 3M’s annual challenges.
“Thanks have to go to 3M for organising this fantastic event each year.”
• 3M has held the Young Innovators Challenge every year since 2013, in partnership with the Loughborough Echo and the Loughborough Learning Alliance. Its aim is to foster technical and creative innovation among the next generation through its various challenges.”