Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Ages:Middle School

Type:Submission

Category:STEM

Scope:National

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition has sparked the imaginations of hundreds of thousands of students and enhanced science exploration, innovation and communication across the United States.

When first launched by Discovery Communications in 1999, the Young Scientist Challenge had the same mission it does today: to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. In 2008, Discovery Education joined forces with 3M – one of the world’s most notable innovators – to cultivate the next generation of problem-solvers and give students the unique opportunity to work directly with 3M scientists.

Students should identify a solution to an everyday problem that directly impacts them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population. The idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product. The student must create a one- to two- minute video that…

  • explains the problem and how it impacts them, their families, their communities and/or the global population;
  • describes a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem;
  • explains the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics behind their innovation; and
  • illustrates how their innovation could both address the everyday problem they've identified and have a broader impact locally or globally.
Your innovation can aim to solve any problem that inspires you, across any industry – from manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation, electronics to automotive, construction and design to communications, personal safety to professional cleaning; however, students are not limited to these areas of focus.

Judges will evaluate submitted videos on these criteria:
  • Description of the problem and how it affects the student, family, community or global population.
  • Details about the science behind the new innovation or solution.
  • Clear explanations and a demonstration of how well the problem and solution are understood by the student (remember the idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product).
  • An explanation of how the innovation could have broader reach or impact beyond the student, family, or community.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge

Managing Organization: Discovery Education

Contact:

ysc@discovery.com

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
The Discovery Education 3M “Young Scientist Challenge 2017” (“Contest”) is open to all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. Former Young Scientist Challenge finalists are not eligible to enter the Contest. In order to be considered eligible, students must be currently enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at the time of entry and comply with these Official Rules and the safety guidelines set forth below (“Safety Guidelines”). Employees, officers and directors of Discovery Education, Inc. (the “Sponsor”) and 3M (“Promotional Partner”), their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, promotional suppliers, and their immediate family members (spouse, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) and members of the same households (whether related or not) (collectively, “Contest Entities”) are not eligible. Sponsor’s determinations of eligibility are final and may be made at any time. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition has sparked the imaginations of hundreds of thousands of students and enhanced science exploration, innovation and communication across the United States.

When first launched by Discovery Communications in 1999, the Young Scientist Challenge had the same mission it does today: to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. In 2008, Discovery Education joined forces with 3M – one of the world’s most notable innovators – to cultivate the next generation of problem-solvers and give students the unique opportunity to work directly with 3M scientists.

Process

Students should identify a solution to an everyday problem that directly impacts them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population. The idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product. The student must create a one- to two- minute video that…
  • explains the problem and how it impacts them, their families, their communities and/or the global population;
  • describes a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem;
  • explains the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics behind their innovation; and
  • illustrates how their innovation could both address the everyday problem they've identified and have a broader impact locally or globally.
Your innovation can aim to solve any problem that inspires you, across any industry – from manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation, electronics to automotive, construction and design to communications, personal safety to professional cleaning; however, students are not limited to these areas of focus.

Criteria

Judges will evaluate submitted videos on these criteria:
  • Description of the problem and how it affects the student, family, community or global population.
  • Details about the science behind the new innovation or solution.
  • Clear explanations and a demonstration of how well the problem and solution are understood by the student (remember the idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product).
  • An explanation of how the innovation could have broader reach or impact beyond the student, family, or community.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge

Managing Organization: Discovery Education

Contact:

ysc@discovery.com

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
The Discovery Education 3M “Young Scientist Challenge 2017” (“Contest”) is open to all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. Former Young Scientist Challenge finalists are not eligible to enter the Contest. In order to be considered eligible, students must be currently enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at the time of entry and comply with these Official Rules and the safety guidelines set forth below (“Safety Guidelines”). Employees, officers and directors of Discovery Education, Inc. (the “Sponsor”) and 3M (“Promotional Partner”), their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, promotional suppliers, and their immediate family members (spouse, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) and members of the same households (whether related or not) (collectively, “Contest Entities”) are not eligible. Sponsor’s determinations of eligibility are final and may be made at any time. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.