Discovery Education and 3M have announced the 2010 call for entries for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8. Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the final challenge in October. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds ($25,000 cash value), a tour of 3M's Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., given by some of today's top scientists, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
Research shows that science test scores start to drop in middle school when interest in science begins to wane. In an effort to foster the development of our nation's next generation of scientists, Discovery Education and 3M have teamed up again to reward students for their science acumen and curiosity, while encouraging them to share that passion by creatively communicating their findings through this national science competition.
Middle school students residing in the United States are asked to create a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution for one of the following safety and security issues that are present in everyday life:
- Preventing the spread of germs/diseases
- Food safety
- Sun protection
- Wind resistant structures
Evaluated by a panel of judges, all video entries for the 2010 science competition will be accessed on the basis of creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability, and overall presentation. Videos will not be evaluated on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras. All video entries must be submitted online at www.youngscientistchallenge.com no later than May 27, 2010.
For more information on the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines and examples of entry videos, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com/.
Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com