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The 2016 Young Scientist Challenge - Now Open For Entries!

The 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries!

Through April 20, students in grades 5-8 can share their solution to solve a real-world problem for the exclusive opportunity to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist, win up to $25,000, and the chance to be named “America’s Top Young Scientist”.

Other prizes include:

• The opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show  Read more

3M Mentor Jeff Emslander - New Beginning

Wow – this is fun! I was aware of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge but was not involved in the program until this year. I know most of the other mentors well and I can say that the program has done a great job of matching 3M mentors to the ten finalists. I hope I can match the quality of the rest of the mentor group. ☺ Read more

Science Goes to Washington

By Meredith Crosby, 3Mgives Director of Strategic Initiatives

This year, I was honored to represent 3M at the fifth White House Science Fair. It brought together so many things that I’m passionate about as a 3Mer, a mom and an investor in education – what a tremendous experience. Plus, I don’t know who was more excited to be in the White House: me or the kids! Read more

Five Far-Out Tips to Take Space Study to the Next Level

By Kim Moldofsky

The world is abuzz with news and images from NASA’s New Horizons mission. The spacecraft blasted off in January of 2006, just months before Pluto’s status was downgraded from planet to dwarf planet. It took more than 9 years to reach Pluto. This means that some of your students were mere babes in arms at the time. While all eyes are still on the sky, here are five tips for extending that interest a bit further.

Make Pluto a Planet Read more


We're excited to announce that the 2015 Challenge results are IN! The top 10 finalists for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge have been announced. These students come from all over the country with some of the most exciting and creative solutions designed to address every day problems in our world.

Meet the Finalists -  Read more


Middle school is an important time for tweens and teens: they are exploring new areas of study, discovering where their interests lie and developing passions into hobbies and later, careers.

Studies show that this is also a time when students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) begins to wane. Introducing middle school students with innovative spirits and passionate curiosity to the power of ideas when coupled with STEM can not only have an amazing effect on a child, but also the potential to have a lasting effect on the world. Read more

2013 Finalist Brooke Martin appears on ABC's Shark Tank!

Are you a fan of ABC's hit show Shark Tank? We are excited to share that next Friday, March 20th, 2013 Young Scientist Challenge Runner-Up Brooke Martin will be featured on the show! Read more

Join us this Thursday and Friday at the NSTA National Conference

Are you headed to Chicago this week for the NSTA national conference? We are- and we hope you'll stop by and stay hello during one of our two sessions hosted by Discovery Education and 3M.


WORKSHOP: Discovering the Science of Everyday Life

Thursday, March 12th @ 2:00pm  Read more


Congratulations to Deepika Kurup, grand prize winner of the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, who has been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Energy! Read more

The 2015 Young Scientist Challenge - Now Open for Entries!

The 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries! Through April 21, 2015, Young Scientists can share their innovative solution to solve a real-world problem for the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist and win up to $25,000!


Why enter? Read more


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