Annual Challenge

Are you America's Top Young Scientist?

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

A unique learning opportunity that allows students to meet other science super-heroes and work with 3M mentors to turn their ideas into reality.

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The annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. 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.

The 2018 Young Scientist Challenge is now CLOSED. Check back in June to meet the finalists.

Top Finalists at 3M

Inspiration for the future #youngscientist

Winners + Finalists (Archives)

Inspiration is all around you. All you have to do is find the spark! Check out the submission videos and final presentations of the young scientists before you to jumpstart your creativity.

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