Every year the 3M Young Scientists Challenge recognizes the Grand Prize winner, 10 Finalists, the Improving Lives Award winner, and up to 50 State Merit winners nationwide – as well as washington d.c.– who have demonstrated a passion for solving everyday problems to improve the world around them.
To enter, students in grades 5-8 will share an original idea that helps solve a daily problem in their community. They are invited to submit their solution in the form of a one to two minute video explaining the science behind it. A diverse panel of judges will evaluate entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge and effective communication skills. Videos will not be judged on production skills and can be recorded on basic cell phones or digital cameras.
The finalists of the previous challenge collaborated with 3M scientists to create solutions to a wide variety of real-world problems, including COVID-19, water conservation, food waste, alternative energy sources, cancer treatments, energy consumption and transport efficiency. The winner 2021 – 14 years old Sarah Park from Jacksonville, Florida. – created Spark Care+, an innovation that personalizes music therapy treatment for mental health improvement using artificial intelligence (AI), skin response (GSR) and photoplethysmography (PPG).
In June 202210 finalists will be chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program where they will work closely with a 3M scientist. Each finalist has the opportunity to participate in the final round at 3M Innovation Center of Minneapolis, Minnesota – an interactive competition consisting of practical challenges, presentations, live judging, etc. During the final round, which will take place on October 17-18the grand prize winner and the Improving Lives Award winner will be announced.
“Everyday, 3M captures the power of our people, our ideas and 3M science to reinvent what is possible and for 15 years, in partnership with Discovery Education, we have inspired students to apply their passion for STEM to make the world a better place,” said Karina ChavezSenior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at 3M. “The 3M The Young Scientist Challenge encourages students to make the most of their creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking to develop an idea that can transform the world. We look forward to this year’s submissions!”
In his 15and year, the 3M Young Scientists Challenge inspires and challenges middle school students to apply the power of STEM to discover real-world solutions. America’s top young scientists have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, do Forbes 30 Under 30 List, ring the New York Stock Exchange and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. A 2013 finalist recently held a 3M summer internship in the Corporate Materials Lab division, a testament to the ongoing learning opportunities for students who participate. These young innovators were also named Time Magazine’s Top Child of the Year, Featured in The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider and on national television programs such as Good Morning America, CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more. Learn more and meet all the past finalists on YoungScientistLab.com.
“Each year, students participating in the 3M Young Scientists Challenge help make the world a better place,” said Lori McFarling, president of social impact at Discovery Education. “The 3M Young Scientists Challenge connects today’s students with science mentors so their STEM dreams can come to life and improve their community. We are incredibly excited to see the powerful ideas this year’s participants bring to life. »
The winner 3M Young Scientists Challenge complete the 3M and discovery education program – Laboratory of young scientists – which provides free dynamic digital resources for students, teachers and families to explore, transform and innovate the world around them. All resources are also available through the Young Scientist Lab Channel and in the Social Impact Partnerships Channel on newly improved Discovery Education K-12 Learning Platform.
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global education technology leader whose cutting-edge digital platform supports learning wherever it happens. Through its award-winning multimedia content, innovative teaching materials and classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators provide equitable learning experiences that engage all students and promote greater academic achievement globally. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessible in more than 140 countries and territories. Inspired by global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with trusted districts, states and organizations to provide teachers with cutting-edge edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Discover the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
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