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Earth Day in the Classroom

Earth Day in the Classroom | Earth Day is fast approaching! Although we should all keep the earth in mind everyday, this year, Earth Day will be officially celebrated on April 22. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate Earth Day into your classroom: Read more

Flip Flops and Beakers

Flip Flops and Beakers | Dreaming of summer? We are too…we’re getting ready for a one-of-a-kind summer filled with exclusive one-to-one mentorships with real 3M scientists! Read on to find out how you can join us.  Read more

Science Apps in the Classrooms

Science Apps in the Classrooms | With many school districts implementing a 1:1 program and choosing tablets as their tool of choice, there is a need for identifying educational apps. What exactly is the role of an app within an educational setting and how do you go about choosing quality apps? Many districts and/or teachers choose to use a scoring rubric to help them decide whether an app will find its place within the classroom. There are many posts that boost the “The Top (insert number here) Apps …”. Read more

Video Tips to Kickstart Your YSC Entry

VIDEO TIPS TO KICKSTART YOUR YSC ENTRY | Creating your entry video can be one of the coolest parts of the Young Scientist Challenge entry process. This is a chance for you to show off your communication skills and creativity. With so many free resources available, there's no limit to what you can do! Check out 2013 Young Scientist Challenge finalists Srijay's tips for making a great video entry: Read more

Storyboard your success


STORYBOARD YOUR SUCCESS | Experts and past winners agree; storyboarding is key.  All successful entry videos begin by storyboarding to think through how best to deliver their message.   Never used storyboarding before?  No worries – read on to find all of the guidance you’ll need. Read more

Hey, Mom or Dad!

HEY, MOM OR DAD! | Having a scientist in your house can be pretty cool. There’s chemistry, problem-solving, inventions, experiments and more. But how often does all that creativity get past the driveway or the backyard? Simple: The Young Scientist Challenge. Backed by Discovery Education and 3M, this annual video competition can help your child meet science fans his or her own age, build an impressive college résumé and even inspire a career in science. Read more

Bring Science Alive in the Classroom

BRING SCIENCE ALIVE | Love bringing curriculum to life? So do we. That’s why you’ll find tons of resources here to help you fine-tune science lesson plans for grades 5–8. Also, for the ultimate in critical thinking, creativity and excitement, check out how your class can enter a video competition focused on science for middle school, the Young Scientist Challenge.

Head over to our just-for-teachers section to find: Read more

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Check Out The Top 10

CHECK OUT THE TOP 10 | These are our favorite reasons to enter the Young Scientist Challenge, but there are plenty more. Read on and be inspired.

10. The grand prize is $25,000 and an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime trip!

9. Finalists get to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists.

8. Friendship! Lots of competitors and finalists share a passion for science activities.

7. Learning goes way beyond classroom walls and into the real world of innovating.

6. Competitors’ ideas and innovations can make a real difference in the world! Read more

My Experience as a YSC Judge: Julian Barnes

Last October, Julian Barnes, Science Coordinator for the Roanoke County Public Schools, traveled to St. Paul, MN to watch as 10 national finalists shared their innovative ideas to change the world. Hear what he had to say about his experience:  Read more