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2014 Challenge

Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.

“It was a lot of fun and a great experience I will remember forever!  I feel very honored to be this year’s winner and I hope that I can live up to that title!”—Braeden Benedict, America’s 2012 Top Young Scientist

We’re looking for America’s Top Young Scientist. Could it be you?

Exclusive Summer Mentorship Program

Each national finalist earns an exclusive summer mentorship with a 3M scientist to complete a summer “innovation” assignment. Together they will work virtually through pre-assigned objectives with resources and support provided by Discovery Education and 3M.

Final Event at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota - October 12-14, 2014

In the fall, 10 finalists will receive a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota, during which they will present their completed "innovation" to a panel of judges.  In addition, they will compete in a series of scored scientific challenges during the live event.

Finalists will be judged on their scientific problem solving, innovation and ingenuity, and communication skills.

The highest scoring finalist earns the title America’s Top Young Scientist and wins $25,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica!

“I love the way the Young Scientist Challenge encourages students to explore an idea scientifically, but also to grapple with the best way to communicate that idea and explain their findings.” —Cheryl Lykowski, Michigan

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