Science Museum calls for inventions to solve a British Summer problem


What would you invent to help you cope with the hot weather? Perhaps a sunshade for your ice-cream to stop it melting on a hot day?

The Science Museum will today launch a free competition calling on young people aged 8-16 to design a product that solves one of the problems we face during a British summer. The winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer worth £2,000 and have their invention 3D printed and displayed in a new exhibition, 3D: printing the future, which opens on 9 October.

The winning idea will be developed from concept to 3D reality by Mark Champkins, the Science Museum’s Inventor in Residence, and showcased in the new 3D printing exhibition. The winner will be invited to have their picture taken alongside their 3D invention during the October half term holiday.

The competition marks the start of the Museum’s 3D Summer Season (25 July – 1 September) which invites families to explore the 3 dimensional world by taking part in 3D interactive workshops and uncover 3D objects around the Museum as part of a new trail. Visitors can also enjoy 3D action in the IMAX cinema and experience the 3D and 4D flight and space simulators.

Mark Champkins said, ‘Summer in Britain may be fun but can present lots of nuisances – from sand getting in your ice-cream to rain pouring on your barbeque. Think about the pet hates that most people have at this time of year and imagine what type of marvellous invention could help overcome the problem.”

The entries will be judged by Mark alongside a special panel of experts from the world of 3D printing. Each design will be judged on criteria such as creativity, problem solving and clarity of purpose – i.e. what the invention is designed to solve.

The competition opens today and closes on Sunday 25 August. The winner will be announced on w/c 26 August and invited to take part in a media photo opportunity with their fully created 3D invention at the Science Museum on w/c 28 October.

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