Last spring Discovery Education and 3M partnered to invite 5-8th grade students and science teachers of any age to throw their safety goggles into the ring for the titles of Young Scientist of the Year and DEN’s Science Teacher of the Year. The initial application was done by making a short video explaining one of several choices of space related scientific principles. Last week, after being chosen as one of 10 student finalists out of hundreds from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Melissa Rey of Chesterfield, MO was selected as the grand prize winner of the student competition, capturing the prestigious title and $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds. Edward Evans from Welch, WV was named top teacher, winning a $5,000 cash prize, the Discovery Education multimedia service suite, and numerous products from 3M to be used throughout the school year.
Both were among the 10 students and 5 teachers chosen to compete at the Goddard Space Flight Center near D.C. All of the students will be appearing in their own Science Channel special on January 18, 2009 and each received a special award for their very own, individual science field trip. You can read and watch more about the competitions and peruse entrants’ videos at the Young Scientist Challenge website. Hopefully you will be inspired to join in on the ’09 challenge.