Discovery Education, 3M Recruit America’s Next Top Young Scientist

Discovery Education, 3M Recruit America’s Next Top Young Scientist

3M and Discovery Education today announced the opening of the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for middle school students. Through the program, aspiring young innovators and scientists have the opportunity to work with a 3M scientist mentor, be named America’s Top Young Scientist and take home a $25,000 prize.

Middle school students are invited to submit their own entries to this year’s challenge by creating a one-to-two-minute video that explains the science behind their idea, and how it can improve lives by solving an everyday problem. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Ten finalists will then be selected to participate in a one-of-a-kind summer mentorship program with 3M scientists’ and eventually go on to compete for the title of America’s Top Young Scientist, including an October 2018 trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

All video entries must be submitted online at no later than April 19, 2018. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.

Launched in 2016, Young Scientist Lab is an interactive portal offering engaging K-8 activities, lesson plans and interactive teaching tools to stimulate budding scientists.

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