Discovery Education and 3M have announced that 10 students from across the country have been named finalists in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
The 10 finalists (in alphabetical order):
- Peter Finch, Harrisville, R.I., Homeschool
- Arthur Frigo, III, Jupiter, Fla., Turtle River Montessori
- Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., Joaquin Miller Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
- Amulya Garimella, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dorseyville Middle School, Fox Chapel Area School District
- Iris Gupta, North Potomac, Md., Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
- Hannah Herbst, Boca Raton, Fla., Alexander D. Henderson University School, Florida Atlantic University Schools
- Alec Lessing, New York, N.Y., Collegiate School
- Conner Pettit, Lone Tree, Colo., Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District
- Krishna Reddy, Wichita Falls, Texas, Kirby World Academy, Wichita Falls Independent School District
- Sanjana Shah, Cupertino, Calif., John F. Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
Each finalist will now have the opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 12th and 13th.
Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition where they will be evaluated on a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”