Discovery Education and 3M Name Young Scientist Challenge Finalists

Science rocks! Student scientists across the country challenged themselves to think outside the box when they entered the 14th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in January, and today Discovery Education and 3M have announced the 10 finalists. Discovery Education teamed up with 3M to get students in grades 5-8 to create a new innovative object that facilitates a problem in everyday life, and they are offering a $25,000 prize to the winner.

This summer, the 10 finalists have the opportunity to work with a 3M scientist in a mentorship program and create a prototype of the invention they described in their submission videos. The competition will culminate at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota in October, where students will individually present the problem they identified in everyday life and their prototype. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip from Discovery Student Adventures and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Congratulations to the finalists!

The finalists are:

  • Aidan Dwyer, Northport, N.Y., Northport Middle School
  • Naren Gaurev, Beaverton, Ore., Meadow Park Summa Middle School
  • Brandon Gong, Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Middle School
  • Carolyn Jons, Eden Prairie, Minn., Central Middle School
  • Deepika Kurup, Nashua, N.H., Fairgrounds Middle School
  • Chase Lewis, Chapel Hill, N.C., Homeschool
  • Gabriel Mesa, Canton, Conn., Canton Intermediate School
  • Anin Sayana, Cupertino, Calif., Challenger School
  • Patrick Shea, Jacksonville, Ill., Our Saviour School
  • Anishaa Sivakumar, Murrysville, Pa., Franklin Regional Middle School