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Contest Looks for Top Young Scientist

America’s best and brightest young scientific minds are being sought through the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Celebrating its 14thyear, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8 rewards middle school students for their science acumen, demonstration of innovation and curiosity, and communication skills. Through the challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Encouraging students to share their passion for science, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge asks students to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem related to one of the following categories:

  • The Way We Move
  • The Way We Keep Ourselves Healthy
  • The Way We Make a Difference

Evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation, 10 finalists will be sscience challengeelected to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program working directly with a 3M scientist. During the program, each finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem in society. The students will meet virtually with their mentor and will receive resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education. Each finalist also will receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN, to compete in the final challenge in October 2012.

All video entries must be submitted online at no later than April 19, 2012. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on mobile phones or basic digital cameras.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, visit:

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