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“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 Top Young Scientist, 2011


Do you have what it takes to be America’s Top Young Scientist?  Take our screening quiz to find out:

1. Could you use $25,000?

  1. Heck YES! Can you say college, a car, savings?
  2. No, I prefer to watch my monthly allowance slowly build.

2. Would you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show, all expenses paid?

  1. My bags are packed. When do I leave?
  2. No, I prefer staying in my room alone doing more homework.

3. Do you want to be featured on national television and get more teacher and peer recognition?

  1. Who doesn’t want their 15+ minutes of fame? My agent is ready.
  2. No, having all of my friends and family and future college admission officers see what amazing things I’m doing sounds terrible.

4. Does working one-to-one with a 3M scientist to turn your idea into a real invention sound like a good way to spend your summer?

  1. A 3M scientist will mentor JUST ME? Am I dreaming??
  2. No, I like being bored in the summer.

If you chose all A’s, congratulations!  You are ready to enter the Young Scientist Challenge.

You probably have hundreds of ideas percolating in your brain about how to do things better, quicker, cooler.  Why not check out this year’s topics and see if one of your great ideas just might work OR think of an entirely new idea to win amazing prizes and meet other kids who love science!

Getting started is easier than you think.  Just read these inspiring stories and you’ll see why the Young Scientist Challenge is the premier science competition for grades 5-8.

“It’s been such an amazing experience. If I had to pick a favorite, I don’t think I could.”—Brooke Martin, 2013 Second Place Winner

Brooke — It's the Journey That Matters

“I learned some awesome new skills.  I found out that I love to work with electronics.  And now that my project is over, I need to find some new things to solder!”—Reeny Botros, 2013 Finalist

Reeny — Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!!!

Don’t miss out on the chance to make a difference, learn some new skills, and make memories to last a lifetime.  Enter today!

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