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

The Challenge encourages fifth- through eighth-grade students to use scientific insight to solve everyday problems in their local, national, or global communities.
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Through the Young Scientist Challenge, middle-school students have the unique opportunity to work with a 3M scientist mentor, be named America’s Top Young Scientist, and take home a $25,000 prize.

The Challenge encourages fifth- through eighth-grade students to use scientific insight to solve everyday problems in their local, national, or global communities. Last year’s winner, 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao, created a sensor-based device to detect lead in water faster than current techniques.

To enter the Young Scientist Challenge, students should submit one- to two-minute video entries explaining the science behind their idea and how it can improve lives by solving an everyday problem. Submissions will be judged on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness, and overall presentation.

Ten finalists will participate in a one-of-a-kind summer mentorship program with 3M scientists and compete for the title of America’s Top Young Scientist, including an October 2018 trip to 3M’s corporate headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Deadline: April 19, 2018

For more information: youngscientistlab.com/challenge

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