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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
Kim Moldofsky is the publisher of The Maker Mom and STEM Kids Chicago.
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Kim Moldofsky
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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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!
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Students Will Be Introduced to Top Scientists and Technologies at 3M’s World of Innovation; Co-Hosts include MythBusters: The Search’s Kyle Hill and 2015 Young Scientist Challenge Winner Hannah Herbst “I think kids are going to geek out on seeing the 3M Innovation Center and meeting real 3M scientists at this Virtual Field Trip as much as I did when I first came here. The energy is infectious!” ― Hannah Herbst
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It's Black History Month! Join us as we highlight African American scientists who use STEM to improve our world. We will honor their accomplishments and look to their innovative spirits for inspiration. Let's kick things off with one of 3M's own corporate scientist, Dr. Olester Benson, who invented energy-saving microscopic prisms that bend light to make the screens of your cellphone, laptop and TV look brighter and more colorful!
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-- PLUS, New Young Scientist Lab Interactive Portal Brings Science to Life in the Classroom – “Any curious middle schooler can enter! The key is just believing in yourself … you may never know whether an idea may change a person's life.” – Maanasa Mendu, 2016 Young Scientist Challenge Winner
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Happy New Year, Young Scientists! It is 2017! Have you made your New Year's Resolution, yet? Why not challenge yourself to think creatively, use science to problem solve and help others? You can accomplish all of those goals by submitting an entry to the 2017 Young Scientist Challenge. Here's 3 Easy Steps To Get You Started: