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April 16, 2013 > Top young scientist competition

Top young scientist competition

Submitted By Julia Covelli

To help the next generation of great inventors, Discovery Education and 3M are looking for America's next "Top Young Scientist." Ten finalists, in grades 5 - 8 will be chosen to work directly with a 3M scientist to crease an innovation that solves a problem in everyday life that they will present at the 3M Innovation Center for the chance to win $25,000. The finals will take place at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 6 - 8.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge's goal is much like that of the Next Generation Science Standards, learning how scientific work is done in the real world under the mentorship of a 3M scientist. Finalists learn how ideas are developed then tested, what evidence can be considered strong or weak and how different scientific disciplines fit together to create a comprehensive picture of the world. Projects draw on the interests and life experiences of students or are connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge (one of the core disciplinary code ideas for Next Generation Science Standards).

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 23. For more information, please visit

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