Discovery Education, 3M Announce Young Scientist Challenge Winners

Discovery Education, 3M Announce Young Scientist Challenge Winners

From alternative energy to sustainable agriculture to medical advancements, today’s scientific young minds work hard to solve today’s biggest challenges — making materials safer, solutions more efficient, and innovations more accessible. Today, Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, which is celebrating its landmark 10th anniversary (#YoungScientist). The annual competition recognizes scientific thinking and imagination in students grades 5-8 who dream up a solution to an everyday problem that ultimately could reshape and improve the way we live our lives.

The 10 Finalists

  • Laalitya Acharya, Mason, Ohio, Mason Middle School, Mason City School District
  • Karina Andersen, Rocklin, Calif., Granite Oaks Middle School, Rocklin Unified School District
  • Anika Bhagavatula, Wilton, Conn., Middlebrook Middle School, Wilton Public School District
  • Austin Crouchley, Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Middle School, Garden City School District
  • Rithvik Ganesh, Plano, Texas, C.M. Rice Middle School, Plano Independent School District
  • Simone Jacobs, Seattle, Wash., Washington Middle School, Seattle School District 1
  • Gitanjali Rao, Brentwood, Tenn., Brentwood Middle School, Williamson County School District
  • Samu Shrestha, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District Re-1
  • Allie Weber, Sioux Falls, S.D., Edison Middle School, Sioux Falls School District 49-5
  • Devin Willis, Boca Raton, Fla., A.D. Henderson University School, Florida Atlantic University Schools

Each finalist will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program that will challenge them to develop an innovative idea that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population.

All 10 finalists receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to participate in the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center on Oct. 16 and 17. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip to watch the taping of a Discovery Network show, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge visit