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“This gave them a glimpse of what it’s like to be a working professional and have your work taken seriously and valued.  I know they will all go on to make great contributions in their areas.”  —Rob Boschetto, parent

Having a scientist in your house can be exciting.  There’s chemistry, physics, biology, problem-solving, inventions, and more.  But keeping them inspired and challenged can be an on-going experiment of your own.  

That’s why Discovery Education and 3M created the Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school science competition - because the best way to learn science is by actually doing science. It’s the magic of science in action that keeps many of us coming back for more. 

So what could be more rewarding than giving your child the opportunity to do science – all for the chance to win some unbelievable prizes?  Prizes like $25,000, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show, and a chance to work with elite 3M scientists to turn their idea into a real invention!

All your child has to do is come up with an innovative solution to solve a real world problem and submit a 1-2 minute video competition entry about their idea.  Yes, it’s really that easy.

So check out this year’s topics, encourage your child to start innovating, have some fun, and let the magic of “doing” begin!

Hear what past finalists cite as their favorite parts of participating in the challenge. 

Read on to learn what parents of past finalists have to say.

“It was great to meet like-minded people devoted to science and education.” —Marc Lenard, parent
“We are getting phone calls from family and friends all over the world.” —Meena Kurup, parent
“As a parent, I may hold the record of having the chance to attend the competition three times, in three different cities and seeing completely different formats for the competition.  The expectations have become higher, and I think all the kids really rose to the occasion.  And the mentoring process was a wonderful experience.”  —Maureen Dwyer, parent

Looking for inspiration?  Dig into everyday science games and activities, project templates, and more, all designed to fuel a budding passion for science.

Get tips on creating an entry video and more here.

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