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So you think you’re a problem-solver? Great! Then you have what it takes for our 2014 Young Scientist Challenge.

Here are the basics: Everyday life is full of everyday issues, and our science for middle school challenge is looking for innovative solutions from students in grades 5–8. From helmets that detect concussions to using solar energy for water purification, past contenders have dreamed up answers and ideas that change the way we live.

So what sets the Young Scientist Challenge apart from other science for middle school competitions? It has the power to change lives – including your own. Ten national Young Scientist Challenge finalists earn exclusive summer mentorships with a 3M scientist, where they can work together on special assignments and explore a career in science. This also get the chance to turn their ideas into inventions that will help others. HOW? One lucky student will even win $25,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime trip with Discovery Student Adventures.

Ready to enter? Start by checking out the video competition topic for this year’s Young Scientist Challenge. Then, look around at all aspects of everyday life, take notes and put your mind to the test on fixing a related real-world problem. Anyone in grades 5–8 can send an idea straight to the Young Scientist Challenge. We’re accepting video competition entries through April 22, 2014. Don’t miss the deadline or the chance to become America’s Top Young Scientist!

Steps to enter:

  • Take a look at this year’s challenge topics and start innovating!
  • Read tips and tricks for making a great video competition entry. You can use a digital camera, smart phone or other recording device.
  • Record your 1–2 minute video entry.
  • Fill out the Young Scientist Challenge entry form and submit!

Turn in your entry soon! The first 50 video competition entries will receive a Young Scientist Challenge prize pack.

Already submitted an entry but can hardly wait for the results? Click around the rest of our site – you’ll find judges’ bios, student experiences, science activities, science games and other resources that’ll spark the mind and help time fly.

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