Discovery Education And 3M Search For America's 2014 Top Young Scientist

   Discovery Education And 3M Search For America's 2014 Top Young Scientist

-- Students in Grades 5-8 to Compete for $25,000 in the Discovery Education 3M
Young Scientist Challenge --

-- Challenge Pairs Middle School Students with 3M Scientist for a Unique
Summer Mentorship Experience --

PR Newswire

SILVER SPRING, Md. and ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 15, 2014

SILVER SPRING, Md. and ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/
--Discovery Educationand3Mare proud to announce the opening of the 16th
annualDiscovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The nation's premier
science competition for students in grades 5-8, the Challenge rewards students
for their science acumen, demonstration of innovative thinking and
communication skills. Through the Challenge, students have the opportunity to
compete for $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."


Encouraging students to share their passion for science, the Discovery
Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge asks students to create a one to
two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an
everyday problem.

Evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and
overall presentation, ten finalists will be selected to participate in an
exclusive mentorship program working directly with a 3M scientist. During the
program, each finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves
a problem in society. The students will meet virtually with their mentor and
will receive resources and support from 3M and Discovery Education. Each
finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul,
Minn., to compete at the final event in October 2014.

All video entries must be submitted online
atwww.youngscientistchallenge.comno later than April 22, 2014. Videos will
not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic
digital cameras.

"The unique partnership between Discovery and 3M is unparalleled and benefits
students across the country. The opportunity for students to interact and be
mentored by some of the top scientists in the world and truly share their deep
passion for science and engineering is not only a once-in-a-lifetime event,
but also part of creating the next generation of great innovators and
thinkers," said Kellie Lauth, 2013 Young Scientist Challenge judge and
Principal of STEM Launch K-8. "Problem-based or project-based learning coupled
with strong industry and community partnerships encourages resiliency,
stewardship, advanced learning and the courage to not only learn in this next
generation model but lead it forward."

Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded more than
$500,000 in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with working
scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science
resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country.
Winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, meet the
President of the United States, work with the nation's top scientists and
pursue academic careers in science.

"Participating in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and
working alongside a 3M mentor has not only been an exciting experience, but
has also taught me valuable lessons including the importance of persistence in
science," said Peyton Robertson, America's 2013 Top Young Scientist. "If it
doesn't work, you don't give up…you adjust your design and try again. Most of
all, if you're a student in grades 5 through 8 and have an idea you want to
develop; apply. It's an incredible experience!"

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge,
including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete
rules, please visit:

About 3M
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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content
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
learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools,
community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education
partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate
students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions
that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one
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Contact: Trisha Seminara, Hunter Public Relations for 3M, 212-679-6600, x 212, -OR- Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Communications,
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