Do you have a child interested in science competitions? If so, you must read on! If not, just read the next paragraph because the PRIZE money might motivate your middle school child!
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students. Ten finalists in grades 5-8 will be selected from around the country to compete in the challenge and the winner will receive a $25,000 prize and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”!
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge was created based on research that indicated that middle school students start to lose interest in science. Their challenge targets students in these years when their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts, apply these concepts to everyday life and creatively communicate their findings.
What makes this competition different from all others is that the ten finalists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge will each be paired with a 3M scientist mentor. The mentors will help guide finalists to create an innovation that will be presented to a panel of judges at the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center in October.
What does this mean? It means that this science competition rewards good ideas but doesn’t necesssarily expect the student to come up with the actual results (which may require more knowledge than is available to that child, or equipment, lab space or other resources). How amazing is that?!!
You should your child (or students if you are a science teacher at a Middle School), that this is about a well thought out idea! Maybe there’s an invention or a problem that someone wants to tackle? This is exactly what this science competition is all about!
How to Enter The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
For students, getting started is as simple as sharing the science behind a possible solution to
an everyday problem in a 1-2 minute video at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com. Entries are being accepted now through April 21, 2015. You can find out more at The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge website, Facebook and Twitter (@DE3MYSC).
U.S. students in grades 5-8 at the time of entry are eligible to compete. To enter:
FIRST DEADILINE: April 21st – Video Entry Deadline
Middle school students are asked to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution for an everyday problem.
June/July – Ten finalists will be announced and have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program, during which they were challenged to create an innovation which solves a problem in society. State Merit Winners are also announced at this time.
October: Finalists will demonstrate their scientific innovation and creativity in a series of challenges at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN.
Past Challenge winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, participate in the White House Science Fair, meet the President and pursue academic careers in the sciences.