2009 3M Young Scientist Challenge Winner Announced

Marina Dimitrov, an eighth-grader in Bozeman, Mont., who showcased innovation and creativity in a series of scientific contests, including the removal of graffiti from replicas of New York City icons, was named America’s Top Young Scientist in the 2009 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. A student at Sacajawea Middle School, Marina receives $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds, among other prizes. She was one of 10 finalists selected nationwide to compete in New York and tackle challenges focused on “The Science of Everyday Life,” including inventing a solution to a common problem using only household items, removing impurities from water, and building a tower that can withstand a simulated earthquake. Finalists were evaluated on their science skills and their ability to communicate scientific knowledge.

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