Do You Know Someone Who Could Be America’s Top Young Scientist? #YoungScientist

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Disclosure:  KLY was compensated for this post.

Have you heard about the Young Scientist Challenge?


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM.  I’m a huge believer in STEM education for children.  Not only are these the areas that will create their future, the whole way-of-thinking is critical for development of a child.  When the US Department of Labor created a list of the top ten occupations, guess what?  ALL TEN were in STEM fields.


What can you do to encourage STEM education for your child and the children in your community?  Look for Science Clubs, find experiment kits that are age and skill level appropriate, encourage participation in programs such as the Young Scientist Challenge.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premiere science competition for grades 5-8.  Through the program, young inventors have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”


I went to the Young Scientist Challenge Website and found this Top Ten List.  I love it!  “These are our favorite reasons to enter the Young Scientist Challenge, but there are plenty more.  Read on and be inspired.

  1. The grand prize is $25,000 and an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a Discovery Network taping!
  2. Finalists get to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists – a mentoring experience they’ll never forget.
  3. Friendship! Lots of competitors and finalists share a passion for science activities
  4. Learning goes way beyond classroom walls and into the real world of innovating.
  5. Competitors’ ideas and innovations can make a real difference in the world!
  6. Finalists present their video competition ideas to a distinguished panel of judges.
  7. No textbooks! This is original, outside-the-box dreaming, planning and innovating.
  8. Finalists travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, and tour exclusive labs of 3M headquarters.
  9. Being part of the science community is fun. Plus, this video competition is one science activity that makes a big impact on college résumés and essays.
  10. You could be (drum roll, please)… America’s next Top Young Scientist!”


For more information on the

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge,

including submission guidelines,

tips from previous winners and complete rules,

please visit the Top Young Scientist website here.

Submissions will be accepted through April 13, 2016.

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