The benefits of children learning about science when they’re young have so many wonderful benefits. Early childhood educators have far more of an impact and influence on a child’s potential to seek out a career in science or engineering than any other grade level.
It can spark so much to the imagination! It’s so important that we encourage our children to become interested in science. As a Mom of a 10 year old who just LOVES science, I was thrilled to learn about The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. Through the program, young inventors have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” The mission of the Young Scientist Challenge is to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. In 2008, Discovery Education teamed up with 3M, one of the world’s most notable innovators – to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers and give students an opportunity to receive mentorship from 3M scientists.
The mission of the Young Scientist Challenge is to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. In 2008, Discovery Education teamed up with 3M, one of the world’s most notable innovators – to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers and give students an opportunity to receive mentorship from 3M scientists.
How the Challenge Works
- Call for entries is currently open through April, 20, 2016. To enter, participants must submit a one-to-two-minute video describing the science behind a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem.
- Judges evaluate the entries through April and May based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.
- Ten finalists are announced in the summer. These participants will be challenged to develop their innovations that positively impacts lives (including them, their family, their community or the global population).
- The students will participate in a mentorship program during which they will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists as their mentors.
- Each finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., to compete at the final event in October 2016.
The Young Scientist Challenge makes science fun for kids and takes it out of the textbook and the classroom. One of the 3M scientists who serves as a mentor to Young Scientist Challenge finalists said, “Kids tend to think about the possibilities rather than the limitations of a problem.” That’s a powerful approach.
How can we help this generation advance STEM using the tools and resources before them? learn more by visiting http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com and connecting at:
Have a discussion with your children about what everyday problems could be solved with science and innovation. Let’s keep the talk going! Explore the future of education at http://www.discoveryeducation.com.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of 3M. All opinions stated are my own. #YoungScientist