Deadline extended to May 16 to participate in Discovery Education’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge — THE Journal

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Deadline extended to May 16 to participate in Discovery Education’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Students in grades 5-8 can submit short videos explaining “unique solutions to everyday problems”

Middle school students still have a few weeks to participate in Discovery Education’s annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge, open to students in grades 5-8 until May 16, 2022.

Students are invited to submit a 1-2 minute video describing their own idea for a “one-size-fits-all solution to an everyday problem,” according to the 3M Young Scientist Challenge page on YoungScientistLab.com.

The grand prize winner will take home a two-day trip, a $25,000 grand prize and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” Discovery Education said. Two finalists will also win unique two-day trips; up to six $500 Honorable Mention Excursion Prizes will be awarded; an Improving Lives Award will be nominated and will win a two-day trip; and 10 finalists will win $1,000 each and participate in a summer mentorship program with a 3M scientist

Additionally, up to 51 students will be named State Merit Laureates and up to four students will be selected as Grade-Level Honorable Mention Laureates, each receiving sets of 3M Innovation Awards, Discovery Education said. .

Judging will be based on students’ “passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills” in the submitted videos; Students’ production skills will not be considered, Discovery Education said, and videos from cellphones or digital cameras are welcome.

The 10 finalists will be invited to an exclusive summer mentorship program with a 3M scientist, and each will have the chance to participate in the final competition in the fall at the 3M Innovation Center in Minneapolis, combining hands-on challenges, presentations and judges, said Discovery Education.

Visit the 3M Young Scientist Challenge YouTube channel to view videos featuring past winners and tips for students participating in the challenge.

Students can register online now until 8 p.m. EDT on May 16, 2022 and must first submit a completed parental consent form, which can be found on the challenge registration page. Find the official rules and judging criteria on the Young Scientist Challenge page on YoungScientistLab.com.


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