Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Students were invited to submit short videos that describe a new invention or idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Of hundreds who entered, judges selected 10 finalists for their exceptional science acumen, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.

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(in alphabetical order by last name)*:

  1. Mehaa Amirthalingam, Sugar Land, TX, Sartartia Middle School, Fort Bend Independent School District
  2. Sriram Bhimaraju, Cupertino, Calif., Harker Middle School, Private
  3. Anna Du, Andover, Mass., Andover School of Montessori
  4. Julia Gelfond, Chevy Chase, Md., Silver Creek Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  5. Zachary Hessler, Vero Beach, Fla., Gifford Middle School, School District of Indian River County
  6. Rishab Jain, Portland, Ore., Stoller Middle School, Beaverton School District
  7. Theodore Jiang, Santa Monica, Calif., Paul Revere Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District Local District-Northeast
  8. Cameron Sharma, Glen Allen, Va., George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico County School District
  9. Krish Wadhwani, Alpharetta, Ga., DeSana Middle School, Forsyth County School District
  10. Leo Wylonis, Berwyn, Pa., Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

Finalists will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with 3M scientists during a summer mentorship program to develop their ideas into a working solution that has potential to positively impact their family, community or the global population.

Students meet virtually with their mentors, who provide guidance from concept to prototype.

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 during October 2018.

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