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To enter, students need to submit a 1-2 minute video which describes a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem related to:  the way we move;  the way we keep ourselves healthy; or  the way we make a difference.
The competition is open to students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade in the U.S.
In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, Parental/guardian consent is needed for any person under the age of 13 years to give personal information to a third party over the internet. In the case of our competition, each student's parent/guardian needs to grant consent for us to receive their entry.
Videos do NOT need to be "produced" or have high production value. Judges are not evaluating production skills. Videos may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras, for example. In addition, local libraries and schools may be able to loan cameras to students.
Entries that follow all of the rules and regulations will be ranked based on the average of scores awarded by a panel of judges using the following rubric:
The video competition is judged by a field of experts in science and communication including former teachers, scientists, and representatives from leading science organizations.
Students will be contacted via phone and/or email in early June if they are selected as a Finalist. State Merit Winners will be notified in mid June.
Finalists will receive a summer assignment to develop an invention, to be completed under the mentorship of a 3M scientist.
Ten student finalists will receive a trip to the competition finals, where they will each give a presentation based on their work in the summer mentorship program, and participate in a series of scored challenges to demonstrate their scientific knowledge.
At the end of the competition, America's Top Young Scientist will be awarded $25,000, and other finalists will receive exciting prizes.
Sample prizing for winners includes:State Merit Winners (up to 51 - one from each State and the District of Columbia)
When a student's parent/guardian completed the required consent form and registration form, the student's username and password were emailed to the student and his/her parent/guardian.
Yes, it is very important that each student read and comply with the Official Rules and Regulations and Safety Guidelines.
The official rules for the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge are posted at http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/12challenge/student_rules.html .
Tips from some past winners and their videos can be viewed here: http://youngscientist.discoveryeducation.com/12challenge/entry_video_tips.html
Note: Entry criteria changes each year, so please read the 2012 guidelines carefully.
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Students must have a user account to submit a video. Once a student's parent/guardian has completed the consent form and registration page the student should see the "Upload your Video" link within the upper right corner of his/her profile.
To submit a video, students should click on the "Upload your Video" link and follow the steps below:
Please note that videos must be in ASF, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPG, MPEG, WMV, or MP4 format in order in order to be submitted. Also, the video must be under 100 MBs and no more than 2 minutes long or the video will be disqualified from the challenge.
Submitted videos may take up to 20 minutes to appear within an account. Entrants will receive an email verifying that the submission was successful.
Yes, students can log into their account and submit a new video file prior to 5:00 PM Eastern Time on April 20, 2012. Once a new video file has been uploaded, the new file will overwrite the old file associated with the student's account.
Many free encoder solutions can be downloaded through the Internet, such as Riva FLV Encoder, SUPER, or MPlayer (Mac). The listed third party solutions are not related to Discovery Education or 3M, and are to be used by entrants at their own risk. Entrants can also try adjusting the settings within their video editor to reduce the pixel resolution and frame rate of the file.
Contact us at YSC@Discovery.com. Information submitted to this email address by unregistered students will be deleted after a single response.