Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in 2015 Young Scientist Challenge

Ten young scientists across the country were recognized today as the finalists for the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge – proving that the next generation is never too young to help change the world for the better. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • 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., A.D. Henderson University School
  • 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

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.

During a unique summer mentorship program, each finalist will have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist where they will be challenged to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. Students will present their final inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 12th and 13th.

To learn more about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, visit