Do you have children in grades 5 – 8?
If you do, be sure to encourage them to enter the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Ten finalists will be selected to compete in the challenge and the winner will receive a $25,000 prize and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”!
Last year’s winner was Sahil Doshi…
This challenge targets middle school students in the critical years before their natural interest in science might start to fade. Students are encouraged to “explore scientific concepts, apply these concepts to everyday life and creatively communicate their findings.”
A Unique Science Competition
An exciting difference between the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and other science competitions is that each of the ten finalists will be paired with a 3M scientist mentor. The role of the mentor is to be a guide to the finalist as he or she creates an innovation to present to a panel of judges at the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center in October.
How to Enter
Entering is simple…
Your student needs to record a 1-2 minute video sharing the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem. Then just upload the video at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com.
Entries are being accepted now through April 21, 2015.
U.S. students in grades 5-8 at the time of entry are eligible to compete.
- Competition Website: www.YoungScientistChallenge.com
- Twitter: @DE3MYSC
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YoungScientistChallenge
- April 21st – Video Entry Deadline
Students must have submitted their 1-2 minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution for an everyday problem to the website by April 21st, 2015.
- June/July – Ten Finalists Announced
The finalists will be announced and have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program. During this time, they will be challenged to create an innovation which solves a problem in society. State Merit Winners are also announced at this time.
- October – Final competition at the 3M Innovation Center
The finalists will demonstrate their scientific innovation and creativity in a series of challenges at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN.
- April 21st – Video Entry Deadline
A Phenomenal Prize
The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”
Past Challenge winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, participate in the White House Science Fair, meet the President and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
A Look At Last Year
Watch the video below to check out last year’s final event…
Find Out More
Spread the Word
Please help spread the word so that your friends with middle schoolers find out about the challenge.
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An Extra Giveaway For You
We’ve also got a great giveaway for you… your kids can be any age for you to enter to win this prize.
Win a Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge prize pack!
Prize Pack includes:
- Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge bag, lanyard, water bottle and t-shirt
- Assorted 3M products
For a chance to win, please leave us a comment telling us how old your kids are and if they are excited about science. Then enter using the form below…
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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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