SAHIL DOSHI NAMED AMERICA’S TOP YOUNG SCIENTIST| The top 10 finalists of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge traveled to 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this week to compete for the title of America’s Top Young Scientist and $25,000! Ninth grader, Sahil Doshi, from Upper St. Clair School District’s Upper St. Clair High School, took home the title.

The finalists, who traveled from seven different states, were welcomed to the Innovation Center at 3M headquarters by each of their respective mentors. Until this week, the finalists had only ever virtually met with their 3M mentor as they worked together all summer to create a project that can solve an everyday problem. After meeting with their mentor, the finalists were given an exclusive tour of the 3M facilities and finally, began their final challenges.

The finalists participated in two challenges before their final project presentations. In the challenges, they partnered with one other finalist

to create a variety of inventions to solve specific problems and were then judged by the judging panel. On Tuesday afternoon, the finalists presented their project that they had been working on all summer in front of a panel of judges that included the 2013 winner of the Young Scientist Challenge, Peyton Robertson, and host of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, Kari Byron.

The top 10 finalists ended their journey with memorable presentations and a life-changing experience. For all of their hard work, six of the finalists won a $1,000 prize and a $500 gift certificate to Discovery Experiences. The three runners up, Katherine Wu, Jai Kumar and Christopher Isozaki, won a $1,000 prize and a student adventure trip to Costa Rica. This year’s journey came to a close when Sahil Doshi was named America’s Top Young Scientist, taking home a $25,000 prize and a trip to Costa Rica. 

Congratulations to the top 10 finalists and our 2014 Top Young Scientist, Sahil Doshi!