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Kim Moldofsky is the publisher of The Maker Mom and STEM Kids Chicago. The entry period for the 2017 Young Scientist Challenge closes on April 19. Two weeks is a substantial span for a typical middle school student, so there’s still plenty of time to enter and many compelling reasons to do so.
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There are only two weeks left to enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Your 1-2 minute YouTube video and all entry details must be finalized and submitted before 8 PM ET on April 19, 2017. Whether you are just getting started or already putting the finishing touches on your video, don't worry! There is still plenty of time to submit a successful entry. Start off by marking your calendar, placing a reminder note by your bed, or setting an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to submit by April 19th.
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Have you submitted your entry, yet? If not, get started today because there are only 3 weeks left! All you need to do is identify an everyday problem and think of a unique solution to help solve it. Then, film yourself explaining your big idea in a short 1-2 min. video and YOU could become one of our Top 10 Finalists. Check out this video to see what it's like to be a Young Scientist Challenge Finalist!
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Kim Moldofsky is the publisher of The Maker Mom and STEM Kids Chicago.
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Today, math lovers across the globe celebrate the fascinating mathematical constant Pi, π, or approximately 3.14. This is the number you get if you divide the circumference of any circle by its diameter. What makes Pi so special? Well, simply speaking, it goes on forever! We could calculate decimals all day, all week and all year long and never reach the end! Pi will always be an approximation. In honor of this puzzling number, let's test your knowledge in Math, Science, Engineering and Technology with this fun quiz brought to you by The Young Scientist Challenge!
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Kim Moldofsky is the publisher of The Maker Mom and STEM Kids Chicago.
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While The Young Scientist Challenge is about innovative, scientific ideas, it is also about communication! Experts and past winners agree, story-telling and clear communication are key to a successful entry video. A great place to start is a "storyboard". While your research and scientific idea are the base of your entry video, you can use a storyboard to plan how you are going to deliver your message within the 2-minute time limit.
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Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world," and we agree! Imagination and creativity are key to a successful Young Scientist Challenge entry. Here is a thought starter to help get your creativity flowing: How could you use an item you already have in your home to address the problem you want to solve?
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Mentorship is an extremely valuable resource for a young scientist! Mentors can help guide research, trouble-shoot experiments and give advice on how to deliver your findings. Astrophysicist, educator, inventor and Science Channel Host Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi told The Young Scientist Team, "Mentorship is paramount. The scientific process, the process by which we uncover new information and invent new technologies, requires certain skills that virtually no one is born with but everyone can learn. The way that we learn it is by working with mentors."
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Happy Valentine's Day! From entrants in this year's Challenge, to past winners, mentors, teachers and judges - the entire Young Scientist Challenge community shares a common love for science. Science is a fun, hands-on way to explore and experience the world around you. While there are things you may not yet know or topics you do not understand, you can combine your curiosity and scientific knowledge to learn about anything! The opportunities are endless - and we think that is pretty cool!