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Middle school students have one month left to enter for a chance to win $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds

-- Middle school students have one month left to enter for a chance to win $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds --

(Silver Spring, MD and St. Paul, MN) - Discovery Education and 3M are searching for America's Top Young Scientist in the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5 through 8.

Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the final challenge in October. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), a tour of 3M's Innovation Center in St. Paul Minnesota given by the world's top scientists, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Science savvy middle school students have one month left to enter this year's challenge.

Competition Details:

Middle school students in the U.S. are challenged to create a 1-2 minute video communicating the science behind the danger of one of the following safety and security issues that are present in everyday life and offer a possible solution:
Preventing the spread of germs and diseases
Food safety
Sun protection
Wind resistant structures
All video entries must be submitted online at www.youngscientistchallenge.com by May 27, 2010.
Videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability and overall presentation. Students can learn how to craft a winning video by checking out "Entry Video Tips," which features advice from previous winners.
The official submission rules can be found online.

For more information on the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines and examples of entry videos go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

Additional links:

Facebook: Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Twitter: @DE3MYSC

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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