By: Eileen Marable
See Videos of Their Incredible Projects
Harnessing ocean currents, curbing CO2 emissions, circular ion accelerators. How cool do these ideas sound? What’s even cooler is these are just a few of the real amazing projects the national finalists in the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge are creating.
We here at Science Channel are in awe of the possibilities this next generation is embracing. Science, curiosity, and questioning everything will be how we embrace the challenges of the future. Clearly the ten students chosen have their eyes on that future, and are thinking about how we can make it a better place.
So how did these ten students get to this point? The annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. Students all over the country submitted short videos communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem. The finalists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.
Each bright young student will now have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a unique summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. As part of the world-renowned program, students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance as the finalist develops his or her idea from a concept into an actual prototype.
Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 12th and 13th.
Congratulations to the top 10 finalists in this year's Challenge:
- Peter Finch, Harrisville, R.I., Homeschool
- Arthur Frigo, III, Jupiter, Fla., Turtle River Montessori
- Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., Joaquin Miller Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
- Amulya Garimella, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dorseyville Middle School, Fox Chapel Area School District
- Iris Gupta, North Potomac, Md., Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
- Hannah Herbst, Boca Raton, Fla., Alexander D. Henderson University School, Florida Atlantic University Schools
- Alec Lessing, New York, N.Y., Collegiate School
- Conner Pettit, Lone Tree, Colo., Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District
- Krishna Reddy, Wichita Falls, Texas, Kirby World Academy, Wichita Falls Independent School District
- Sanjana Shah, Cupertino, Calif., John F. Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
You can check out the finalists’ impressive entry videos by visiting the following YouTube playlist: Young Scientist Challenge 2015
For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the ten finalists and a list of the state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com.