Young Scientist Challenge for Middle School Students

Young Scientist Challenge for Middle School Students

Do you know a middle school student (grade 5-8) who is eager to explore the wonders of science? Research shows that science test scores start to drop in middle school when interest in science begins to wane. In an effort to foster the development of our nation’s next generation of scientists, Discovery Education and 3M, have teamed up once again to reward students for their science acumen and curiosity, while encouraging them to share that passion by creatively communicating their findings.

Underlining the importance of communication skills in the science field, the competition challenges middle school students residing in the United States to create a one- to two-minute video about a specific scientific concept that relates to innovative solutions for everyday life. Evaluated by a panel of judges, all video entries for the 2009 competition will be assessed based on creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability and overall presentation. Videos will not be evaluated on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras. All video entries must be submitted online at by May 20, 2009.

The video entry should use science to create an innovative solution to one of these everyday problems:

  1. How can I play my music system for my own enjoyment, without disturbing the rest of the house?
  2. What can I do to the soles of my shoes to make them better perform when I skate board?
  3. What can I do to reduce the glare on my television when I’m playing video games?
  4. What device or method can I create which might help lower my family’s heating or cooling bills?

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) and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines and examples of entry videos, go to

About Discovery Education

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at

About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms — often in combination — to a wide array of customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 79,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit

2 Comments on “Young Scientist Challenge for Middle School Students

  1. Wow Chris! Sounds great. You might want to contact the organizers at to see if they have options for an older age range. – Let us know how that goes for you. Very exciting!

  2. my name is chris and i am a tenth grade student, i know i am above the age limits to participate, and i was wondering what my options are. i have been studing lightening in every bit of my spare time, and i may have found a way to make (get from lightening) and store the electricity from it…one bolt of lightening has enough electricity to power the entire city of houston for 3 days.

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