Now Open for Entries: Register Today for the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries. Register your young scientist today and have them start brainstorming their video submission over winter break.

Get your students’ creative wheels turning with our thought starters ranging from how we manufacture to how we stay healthy. They can also get some inspiration from our 2015 Top Young Scientist, Hannah Herbst. Check out her winning project here.

Students in grades 5-8 are asked to propose a new invention or solution to an everyday problem, and explain their solution in a one-to-two minute video.


  • One Grand Prize Winner will be named “America’s Top Young Scientist” receive $25,000 and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show!
  • 10 Finalists will work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during an exclusive summer mentorship. Plus, each of the Top 10 will be awarded $1,000 and a trip to 3M’s World Headquarters
  • will receive a technology prize pack valued at more than $250

Videos will be accepted through April 20, 2016.