Calling All Middle School Science Enthusiasts
Want to encourage your students' interest in science? Discovery Education and 3M are sponsoring a science competition for students in grades five to eight. To enter the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, middle school students are encouraged to create a one- to two-minute video that shows a possible new approach to one of the following everyday concerns: The Way We Move, The Way We Keep Ourselves Healthy, or The Way We Make a Difference.
The video should show how the topic impacts the student, his or her family and community, or the global population. The idea must be a new solution to the problems underlying the explored topic. The video should explain "the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics behind the innovation," and show how it could address problems and also have a broader impact locally or globally. Complete rules, submission guidelines, and tips can be found at youngscientistchallenge.com.
Each video will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness, and overall presentation. Production values will not be one of the judging criteria, so students can film their projects on basic digital cameras or even on cell phones. Entries must be submitted online no later than April 15, 2011.
The top ten finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN, to compete in the finals. They will also have the chance to work virtually with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program where they will be "challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem in society." The first prize winner will receive $25,000 and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures. The remaining finalists will each be awarded $1,000 and a pocket video camera.