Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

  Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist

-- Ten Students Will Participate in a Summer Mentorship Program with 3M
Scientists and Compete for $25,000 --

PR Newswire

SILVER SPRING, Md. and ST. PAUL, Minn., July 1, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Md. and ST. PAUL, Minn., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Discovery
Education and 3M  announced today the top 10 finalists in the 15^th annual
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist
Challenge(, the nation's premier
science competition for students in grades 5-8. Students nationwide were asked
to create a short video describing a new innovative solution that would impact
an everyday problem, and these budding young scientists rose to the top of the
competition due to the scientific ingenuity and inventive thinking
demonstrated in their entry videos.

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Each finalist will have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M
scientist during a unique summer mentorship program where the finalist will be
challenged to identify an everyday problem and create an innovative solution.
As part of the world-renowned program, mentors will provide guidance as the
finalist develops their idea from a concept into an actual prototype, which
they will present during the competition's final event at the 3M Innovation
Center in St. Paul, Minn. Throughout the program, each student will have
access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

This year's finalists will also receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M
Headquarters to participate in the final competition from Oct. 6-8. Students
will demonstrate their scientific acumen, creativity and communication skills
in a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their
completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel
of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip from Discovery Student
Adventures and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists
(in alphabetical order)*:

  oMaureen Botros, Wichita, Kan., Homeschool
  oAnish Chaluvadi, Simpsonville, S.C., Langston Charter Middle School
  oDaniel Culver, Montrose, Colo., Columbine Middle School
  oTimmy DeMember, Monrovia, Md., Windsor Knolls Middle School
  oKatie Hudek, Grafton, Mass., Grafton Hill School
  oSrijay Kasturi, Reston, Va., iSTEM Educators
  oEdward Kim, Waco, Texas, Midway Middle School
  oBrooke Martin, Spokane, Wash., Odyssey School at the Libby Center
  oPeyton Robertson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Pine Crest School
  oAishani Sil, Plano, Texas, Rice Middle School

* Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January- April 2013).

"Investing in relationships,and in rigorous and relevant educational
experiences for students is the cornerstone of public education," said Calvin
Watts, Assistant Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools and 2012
Young Scientist Challenge judge. "The Young Scientist Challenge is an
investmentthat will provide the greatest return--students who think
critically, who provide real world solutions, and who are ready for success in
college, career and life."

Ian Hardgrove, President, 3M Foundation, added, "We are excited to provide the
ten finalists with the unique opportunity to spend the summer creating their
final innovations with the individualized support of our 3M scientist mentors.
Guiding these exceptional students on how to think and innovate like a real
scientist, our team of 3M experts can encourage the next generation of
innovators and inspire interest in the wonders of science. We look forward to
welcoming the students to the 3M Innovation Center in October."

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the
years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and
encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate
their findings. In January, students nationwide were asked to create a short
video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an
everyday problem related to how we live, work or play. In addition to the 10
finalists, 34 students were selected as state merit winners in this year's
competition and will each receive a 3M Innovation Prize Package that includes
a Kindle Fire HD with a branded case and 3M Natural View Anti-Glare Screen

For more information on the challenge, including photos and bios of the 10
finalists and a list of the state merit winners, go to

About Discovery Education
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for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital
textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core,
professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional
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community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education
partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate
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About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.
For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

SOURCE Discovery Education

Contact: Trisha Seminara, Hunter Public Relations for 3M, 212-679-6600,; or Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Education, 240-662-2572,
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