It’s that time of year again! Time for all middle school students to dust off their lab coats, clean out their test tubes and… grab their camcorders?
That’s right, it’s time for the 2008 Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge! This is the 10th year of the challenge. In the past 9 years, over 540,000 students have been nominated to enter, with 9 incredible students emerging as America’s Top Young Scientist.
The competition is open to all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and will revolve around the theme “The Science of Space.” Students are being challenged to create a 1-2 minute video about a specific scientific concept selected from a list of concepts provided by the judges. Entries are not being judged based on production skills, rather the students ability to demonstrate understanding of the scientific concept and his/her comfort level discussing science in general.
Ten lucky finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the competition finals. After a series of individual and team challenges, an overall winner will be named America’s Top Young Scientist and awarded a $50,000 savings bond.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help cultivate a love of the sciences amongst our middle school students. I hope you will join me in both spreading word about this challenge, as well as encouraging students to enter the competition! Who knows? America’s next Top Young Scientist may be in YOUR school right now!