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Midlands Maker Challenge

Join our making challenge that empowers young people to be the makers of the future.
The Climate (in)Action challenge runs from 27 April to 8 June 2021.

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The Midlands Maker Challenge is an exciting programme for young people (11 and upwards) and draws on the rich manufacturing heritage of the Midlands.

We will be running a series of one-month challenges over the coming year to encourage young people to get involved in making and to create solutions to some of the key issues facing the world.

The Midlands Maker Challenge is brought to you by Derby Museums and IMI plc. to celebrate the opening of the inspirational new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill, widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory. When the Museum of Making opens in 2021 it will be celebrating 300 years of making to inspire and support the makers of tomorrow.

The Midlands Maker Challenge will support young people in the development of skills that will make them adaptive and resilient, supporting them as they take ownership of their futures. Key to this approach will be a focus on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and the desire to have a positive impact on communities, from the local to the global.

The Midlands Maker Challenge includes a series of challenges, kicked off by the Summer Challenge in July 2020, running throughout the year and culminating in a maker celebration weekend at the Museum of Making.

The theme of the next challenge, launching in April 2021, is ‘Climate (in)Action’.  Participants will be asked to imagine, design and create a solution in response to the theme that puts people at its core. Secondary school pupils (11-14yrs) across the Midlands are invited to take part. More information coming soon.

The engineering firm IMI plc have provided a donation to run this challenge to build on the Midlands’ position as a place for innovation.

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