Encourage your child’s interest in STEM with The @3M Young Scientist Challenge #YoungScientist

At a young age I instilled a love of learning in both of my children.  What began with reading a book before nap and bedtime eventually evolved into hands on experiments.

After my  sons love for science led him to create projects on his own, and left me wondering what the horrible smell in his room was…. We decided although not yet required to participate in the Science Fair he was definitely ready to.

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If you also have a budding scientist in the making I encourage you to participate in The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.  It is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. Through the program, young inventors have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

The mission of the Young Scientist Challenge is to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. In 2008, Discovery Education teamed up with 3M, one of the world’s most notable innovators – to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers and give students an opportunity to receive mentorship from 3M scientists.


How the Challenge Works:

  • Call for entries is currently open through April, 20, 2016. To enter, participants must submit a one-to-two-minute video describing the science behind a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem.
  • Judges evaluate the entries through April and May based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.
  • Ten finalists are announced in the summer. These participants will be challenged to develop their innovations that positively impacts lives (including them, their family, their community or the global population). The students will participate in a mentorship program during which they will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists as their mentors.
  • Each finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., to compete at the final event in October 2016.

The grand prize is $25,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a Discovery Network taping.

Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. Previous winners have met the President of the United States, addressed Congress and been featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list.

The 2015 winner, Hannah Herbst of Boca Raton, Fla., created an energy probe prototype that seeks to offer a stable power source to developing countries. She entered the contest because she wanted to help her 9-year-old pen pal living in Ethiopia who lacks a reliable source of power and electricity.
Other recent winners include:

  • Sahil Doshi,2014:Created a battery cell that uses carbon dioxide and other waste materials to help clear the atmosphere of greenhouse gas emissions. His project was spotlighted in the U.S. State Department’s Exhibit at the UN Conference on Climate Change, and he presented his project to President Obama.
  •  Peyton Robertson,2013:Created a more efficient sandbag to reduce saltwater flood damage. Peyton has since received a Notice of Allowance on his first patent.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of 3M. All opinions stated are my own.

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