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Young Scientist Challenge

Sponsored by Discovery Education and 3M
Contact:Discovery Education
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 800.323.9084
Email: Use the online contact form.
Description:Discovery Education and 3M invite students in grades 5 through 8 to participate in the Young Scientist Challenge. Entrants must create a one- to two-minute video describing a new, innovative solution that solves an everyday problem.

Judges are looking for student videos that:
Explain their chosen problem and how it impacts them, their families, communities, or the global population.
Describe a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem (students must remember the idea must be a new innovation or solution, and the change cannot be created by adapting behavior or new use of an existing product).
Explain the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics behind their innovation.
Demonstrate how their innovation could have a more substantial impact or broader reach beyond themselves, their family, or community.

The entry video must be more than 60 seconds, but no longer than 120 seconds and cannot exceed 100MB in file size. The student must be the only person filmed in the video and it must be their original work. Entries that include nonstudent work will not be accepted.

The ten entrants with the highest overall scores will be deemed finalists and will compete for the grand prize. The remaining entrants will be considered for a state merit award. Up to 51 state merit winners will be chosen based on highest score among the remaining entries received per state.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Ten finalists will each receive $1,000. The grand-prize winner will receive $25,000. For more details about prizes for each rung of winners, view the contest rules available at
Deadline(s):Entries are due April 21, 2015.
Focus:Engineering, Technology
Grade Level(s):3-5, 6-8
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Global Awareness, Innovation
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