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Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge

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Activity Description: 

*One submission per student per year.*

Owning/Managing Organization:
Discovery Education

Program Description:
Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovating solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

How to Participate:
Parents must first register their child. To enter, students need to submit a 1-2 minute video which describes a new invention or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem that directly affects them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population. Idea starters include: Science that is sustainable, Science that cleans; Sciences that moves; Science that saves. Videos do NOT need to be "produced" or have high production value. Judges are not evaluating production skills. Videos may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras, for example. In addition, local libraries and schools may be able to loan cameras to students.

Time Details: 

Several months.

Cost Details: 

No registration fee.

People Details: 

Individual students in grades 5-8.

Prize Details: 

"State Merit Winners (up to 51 - one from each State and the District of Columbia): Technology Prize Pack

Finalists (10): A trip for the student and ONE parent/guardian to competition finals; $1,000; A Contest Medal; A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show

Grand Prize: $25,000; A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show; A Contest Trophy; The title of "America's Top Young Scientist"

Submission Details: 

One submission per student per year.

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