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Maanasa Mendu is America’s 2016 Top Young Scientist!

Ninth grader Maanasa Mendu has won the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge! Read more

Congratulations to the 2016 Finalists!

We are excited to announce that the top 10 finalists and state merit winners have been chosen in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge! This year, the challenge submissions demonstrated a tremendous passion for science, with some of the most creative and inspiring ideas to date.

Without further adieu, meet this year's finalists:

- Meghna Behari, Sewickley, PA; Marshall Middle School Read more

Final Month to Enter the 2016 Young Scientist Challenge!

There’s only ONE MONTH left to enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

That means students have until April 20 to submit their 1-2 minute video of a solution to an everyday problem. If you know a Young Scientist that hasn’t entered yet, remind them what’s at stake: Read more

Meet America’s 2015 Top Young Scientist Live on March 8


Join us on March 8 at 1pm ET for the exclusive opportunity to meet Hannah Herbst, America’s 2015 Top Young Scientist. Hannah will be broadcasting live from her school in Boca Raton, FL and sharing her experience with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Read more

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


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