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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.

The Midlands Maker Challenge is an exciting programme for young people (11 and upwards) and draws on the rich manufacturing heritage of the Midlands. The challenge series encourages young people to get involved in making and to create solutions to some of the key issues facing the world. The key aim is to empower the next generation of Makers.


27 April to 8 June 2021

  • A fantastic opportunity for pupil-led design, discovery and making
  • Win making-themed prizes for YOUR  school and teams
  • Open to teams of three, aged 11-14 years old – and all secondary schools in the Midlands

We are looking for each team to imagine, design and create a solution to the challenge that puts people at its core – key to this is the development of ideas, the creation of a prototype and a presentation detailing the journey undertaken, the solution and who it was designed for.

CLIMATE (IN)ACTION is our chosen theme because it is one of the key concerns for young people today and is driven by the idea that local action can have global impact.

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Download the SCHOOL INFORMATION PACK for more details on the challenge theme and the activity as part of the challenge

Download the YOUNG PERSONS INFORMATION FLYER and POSTER  for young people aged 11-14, at school across the Midlands


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If you would like to find out more about entering a team or teams onto the challenge please email [email protected]


Background to the Midlands Maker Challenge

The series kicked off with the Summer Challenge in July 2020 and challenges will be running throughout 2021 culminating in a maker celebration weekend at the Museum of Making.

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

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 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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