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Young Scientist Challenge


Sponsored by Discovery Education and 3M

Contact:Discovery Education
One Discovery Pl.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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.
Illustrate how their innovation could both address the identified everyday problem and have a broader impact locally or globally.

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

The ten entrants with the highest overall scores are deemed finalists and compete for the grand prize. The remaining entrants are considered for a state merit award. Up to 51 state merit winners are chosen based on highest score among the remaining entries received per state.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Ten finalists each receive $1,000. The grand-prize winner receives $25,000. For more details about prizes for each rung of winners, view the contest rules available at
Deadline(s):Entries are due April 19, 2017.
Focus:Engineering, STEM, 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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