Monday Morning STEM Challenge

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is excited to present a weekly STEM challenge.  Challenge number three is coming your way. Remember it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.


This week we’ll look at some of the science of sports.   In this challenge, students will learn about the science behind golf ball design and the physics of aerodynamics related to golf balls. They will work in teams to evaluate the design of several golf balls and determine how design can impact a ball’s spin, accuracy, trajectory, and distance. Finally, they will apply design and engineering concepts to improve a piece of sports equipment.

The above resources are simply a guide.  Use as much or as little as you need.  Do the activity all in one class or spread it out over the course of the week.


Over the last two weeks we’ve focused on INNOVATION.  An area that has seen amazing innovations over the years, is sports.  There are thousands of engineers and scientists that work in this field.

This week we are highlighting 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist winner Braeden Benedict. Braeden developed a low-cost impact detection device that can make it easier to spot harmful concussions in athletes.



You have innovators like Braeden in your class.  He was able to bring her idea to life by submitting a quick video.  We encourage you to help capture your students’ ideas and register for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.  All you need is an idea.

$25,000 and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist are only a few steps away.  Make sure you register by April 20, 2016.