Dates for the 2022/2023 academic year can be viewed in the Upcoming Climate (in)Action challenges section on this page.
We have designed the challenge to be relevant and meaningful to different age groups, offering different challenges for age groups 13-16, 15-18 and 16-21 years, giving tailored activity that reflects the age and experience of those taking part.
All teams are encouraged to imagine, design and create a solution to the challenge that puts people at its core – key to this is learning the importance of empathy, researching and understanding the user, thinking up big ideas and creation of a prototype.
We actively encourage teams from SEND educational providers- get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss how we might adapt the challenge to suit the needs of your team!
The main challenge programme runs over 8-12 weeks and is designed to be included in the curriculum or as an extracurricular activity. The challenge includes two contact days at the Museum of Making, a mid-point review visit from mentors and use of Canvas, Derby Museums’ online learning platform.
The challenge launches with a context day at the Museum of Making, offering the chance for teams to be inspired by the collections on site. On the day, they will learn skills to set them up for the rest of the challenge, delivered at schools or colleges via Canvas, Derby Museums’ online learning system. It will then finish with a celebration day back at the Museum, where we’ll share and celebrate team ideas!
The challenge uses a person-centred approach to articulate the content that the participants will access, this is based on a series of modules designed to expand on the brief by developing contextual understanding of climate change, making and the user. This is followed by information to help the participants come up with ideas and then develop those using the maker kit that each team receives in school into a prototype that communicates their ideas.
The infographic below provides the overall structure of the challenge.
You can also download a pdf with more information about the process and the key phases – MMC Climate (in)Action challenge – Participant Journey
We want young people to identify as makers in whichever capacity they enjoy working. Making encompasses many practices and tools, and it is important that we recognise and encourage this through the challenge. Each school will receive a maker kit, full of materials to get teams making and prototyping their ideas! This develops hands on making skills, whilst delivery of content online encourages big thinking, collaborative working and creativity.
The challenge uses a person-centred approach, encouraging collaborative working, listening and co-operation. Emphasising skills in creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and making, young people are given tools to help them develop and maintain an open, collaborative mindset. The challenge encourages teams to work collaboratively and build on each other’s ideas to think BIG. It aims to show young people how really big impacts can come from small ideas.
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. It allows young people the flexibility to tackle not only climate change, but the inaction of others should they choose to.
Climate change affects the future of all of us – but is a major concern of many young people today, with many reported to worry about it on a daily basis. With the negativity surrounding the topic in the news, it can make young people (and older) feel overwhelmed. The challenge offers the opportunity to show that change can be made in many ways and can be made by anyone.
With a variety of live briefs that change each term, teams are encouraged to focus on a single problem tied to the Climate (in)Action theme and encourage research in that area. Through offering the opportunity for young people to be changemakers, it allows them a chance to engage and feel they are making a difference!
“They really grasped the journey of designing / making to solve problems and achieve a goal. The support from their mentor supported the pupils to think creatively, open minded but with understanding as to ‘why’ they made these decisions for each scenarios” Nottingham school
“They have learnt to experiment with designs and solutions, without getting too concerned about the completed product, which makes them better designers.” Derbyshire School
“We integrated the challenge into their A level NEA coursework, with great success. Working to a real design brief has added value to their work. As their teacher, it has enabled me to meet the demands of the curriculum, whilst giving the students an enriched experience and the chance to meet and learn from industry professionals.” Derbyshire school
100% of students reported to see themselves as makers at the end of the challenge- with 100% saying that they weren’t sure or that they weren’t makers at the beginning.
100% of students would recommend the challenge to a friend.
Dates for the 2022/2023 academic year are shown below, to register your interest please email [email protected]
Please note that the launch/context days and the closing days take place at the Museum of Making in Derby.
13-16 challenge: launch Monday 16 January. Closing date Tuesday 21 March
15-18 challenge: launch Monday 23 January. Closing date Tuesday 28 March
13-16 challenge: launch Monday 24 April. Closing date Tuesday 27 June
15-18 challenge: launch Monday 2 May. Closing date Tuesday 4 July
Download the SCHOOL INFORMATION PACK – 2022-2023 for more details on the challenge theme and the activity as part of the challenge
If you would like to find out more about entering a team or teams onto the challenge please email [email protected]
The series kicked off with the Summer Challenge in July 2020 and was followed up by the first Climate (in)Action challenge, April to June 2021. Seven schools, 24 teams and over 80 young people took part in this challenge. During the 2021/2022 academic year we worked with over 110 young people from five schools in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
The Midlands Maker Challenge supports 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. The Museum of Making celebrates 300 years of making to inspire and support the makers of tomorrow.