Parents and teachers, you are cordially invited to help inspire the next generation of scientists by encouraging your students to enter the 2017 Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge!
The annual competition, which is open to all students in grades 5-8, offers an opportunity for young innovators to address a need or solve a problem using their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills. They’ll be asked to present their findings in a short video, and if it makes the grade they could be named “America’s Top Young Scientist” for 2017. There’s also a grand prize of $25,000!
There are runner-up prizes and honorable mentions as well, but, win or lose, any student who goes through this process and sees a project through to completion will receive something far more valuable than a prize. They’ll receive affirmation that hard work and study yield measurable results.
And who knows? They may even come up with an idea that can change the world.
Registration is open until April 20, 2017. For more information, visit the official Challenge web site.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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