Young Scientist Competition

Middle School Science Challenge

Do you have what it takes to be America’s Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for a few great students to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science, so show us what you’ve got! Create a short (1-2 min.) video about one of this year’s scientific topics and YOU could win a trip to New York City to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finals.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the premier national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication. In 1999, Discovery Communications launched the competition to nurture the next generation of American scientists at a critical age when interest in science begins to decline.

In 2008 3M joined forces with Discovery Education in a quest to nurture the next generation of American scientists with an innovative and interactive science program open to every middle school student in America. Over the last ten years, more than 600,000 middle school students have been nominated to participate in the competition, and winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
Now is your chance to participate! Visit
Young Scientist Challenge for details.

Semifinalists (up to 51 – one from each State and the District of Columbia)
$250 Cash
Plaque for Middle School
Plaque for Student’s Teacher

Finalists (10 – chosen from the Semifinalists)
An all expenses paid 2-night, 3-day trip, in late Sept., early Oct. for the student and ONE parent/guardian to New York, NY.
A YSC Medal
Special YSC finalist apparel
A chance to win various prize trips (in the past we’ve sent students to Space Camp, on a trip with Rangers at a National Park , etc).

First Place
All of the above (except for the $1,000) PLUS
$50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds (Cash value $25K)
A trophy
The title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”


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