Annual Challenge

Are you America's Top Young Scientist?

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Check out this video to get an introduction to the challenge from our past winner, Deepika Kurup, 2012 Top Young Scientist!

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Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovating solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.

Top Finalists at 3M

Inspiration for the future #youngscientist

Winners + Finalists (Archives)

Get a glimpse into the lives of our finalists, judges and 3M Scientists. Discover their hobbies, favorite science activities and insights on the video competition.

Storyboard Template

A storyboard is a great way to draft out your idea. Sketching out your idea on a storyboard template allows you to think about your message, what is your story, and how you will communicate your vision.

Scientific Process

  • Make Observations
  • Identify the Problem
  • Narrow Down Your Problem
  • Brainstorm Solutions
  • Focus on One Idea
  • Elaborate on Your Idea
  • Research
  • Your Plan
  • Conclusions
  • Write Out a Script