3M and Discovery
Education open submissions to the 2023 Young Scientist
PAUL, Minn. and CHARLOTTE,
N.C., Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- 3M (@3M) and Discovery Education
(@DiscoveryEd) are excited to announce the 2023 3M Young Scientist
Challenge (#YoungScientist) is now open to entries. As the
nation's premier middle school science competition, the annual
3M Young Scientist Challenge invites
students in grades 5-8 to compete for an exclusive mentorship with
a 3M scientist, a $25,000 grand prize, and the chance to earn the
title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Competition entries are
accepted at YoungScientistLab.com until the April 27, 2023 deadline.
Scientist Challenge encourages students to apply the power of STEM
to discovering real-world solutions.
Each year, the 3M Young Scientist
Challenge recognizes the grand prize winner, 10 finalists, the
Improving Lives Award winner, four honorable mentions, and up to 50
state merit winners –nationwide and in Washington D.C – who have demonstrated a
passion for using science to solve everyday problems and improve
the world around them.
To enter, students in grades 5-8 submit a one-to-two-minute
video explaining an original idea using science to help solve an
everyday problem. All entries are reviewed by a diverse group of
judges and evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, and
communication skills. Videos can be recorded using a cell phone or
digital camera and will not be judged on production skills.
Previous challenge finalists have collaborated with 3M scientists to create solutions to a wide
variety of real-world problems, including mid-ear infections,
COVID-19, water conservation, food waste, alternative energy
sources, cancer treatments, energy consumption, and transportation
efficiency. The 2022 winner – 14-year-old Leanne Fan from San
Diego, California – created Finsen Headphones, an
antibiotic-free, low-cost option that detects and treats mid-ear
infections using machine learning and blue light therapy. The use
of Finsen Headphones could potentially reduce the number of
children who suffer from hearing loss by up to 60 percent.
In June 2023, 10 finalists will be
chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program
during which they will work closely with and learn from a
3M scientist. Each finalist then has
the opportunity to compete in the final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota during an interactive
competition comprised of hands-on challenges, presentations, live
judging, and more. During the final event, October 9-10, 2023, the grand prize winner and
the Improving Lives Award winner will be announced.
"The '3M Young Scientist
Challenge' encourages students to think creatively and apply the
power of STEM to discovering real-world solutions," said
Karina Chavez, senior vice president
and chief strategy officer at 3M.
"Inspired by the passion and commitment of these young minds to
improving lives and the communities around them, we are excited to
see what innovations this year's entries bring."
America's Top Young Scientists have gone on to give TED Talks,
file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the
New York Stock Exchange and exhibit at the White House Science
Fair. These young innovators have also been named Time Magazine's
first Kid of the Year, featured in The New York Times Magazine,
Forbes, and Business Insider, and
have appeared on national television programs such as Good Morning
America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more. In addition, the
3M Young Scientist Challenge Alumni
Network began fall 2022 and welcomed more than 100 former challenge
finalists and winners for networking and grant opportunities.
"Each year, submissions to the 3M
Young Scientist Challenge showcase the true power of students to
solve everyday problems using science," said Amy Nakamoto, General Manager of Social Impact
at Discovery Education. "The Challenge inspires students to use
their creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical
thinking skills to make the world a better place."
The award-winning 3M Young
Scientist Challenge supplements the 3M and Discovery Education program – Young
Scientist Lab – which provides no-cost dynamic digital
resources for students, teachers, and families to explore,
transform, and innovate the world around them. All the resources
are also available through the Young Scientist Lab Channel and in
the Social Impact Partnerships channel on Discovery
Education's recently enhanced K-12 learning platform.
3M (NYSE: MMM) believes science helps create a
brighter world for everyone. By unlocking the power of people,
ideas and science to reimagine what's possible, our
global team uniquely addresses the opportunities and
challenges of our customers, communities, and planet. Learn
how we're working to improve lives and make what's
next at 3M.com/news or on Twitter
at @3M or @3MNews.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the
worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform
supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its
award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and
innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators
deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and
supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery
Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million
students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100
countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company
Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts,
states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading
edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore
the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
View original content to download