The search for America’s top young scientist of 2022 begins

St. Paul, Minnesota and Silver Spring, Maryland (Wednesday, February 3, 2022)3M (@3M) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) are thrilled to announce that the 2022 3M Young Scientist Challenge ( #YoungScientist) is now open for registration. As the premier national science competition for colleges, the annual competition 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to compete for exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist, a grand prize of $25,000, and the chance to win the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Contest entries are accepted at until the deadline of April 26, 2022.

Every year the 3M Young Scientist Challenge recognizes the Grand Prize Winner, 10 Finalists, Improving Lives Award Winner, and up to 50 State Merit Winners, as well as Washington DC, Nationwide, who have demonstrated a passion for solving everyday problems to improve the world around them.

To enter, students in grades 5-8 will share an original idea that helps solve a daily problem in their community. They are invited to submit their solution in the form of a one to two minute video explaining the science behind it. A diverse panel of judges will evaluate entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge and effective communication skills. Videos will not be judged on production skills and can be recorded on basic cell phones or digital cameras.

Previous challenge finalists collaborated with 3M scientists to create solutions to a wide variety of real-world problems, including COVID-19, water conservation, food waste, alternative energy sources, cancer treatments, energy consumption and transportation efficiency. The 2021 winner – Sarah Park, 14, from Jacksonville, Florida – created Spark Care+, an innovation that personalizes music therapy treatment for mental health improvement using artificial intelligence (AI), the answer cutaneous (GSR) and photoplethysmography (PPG).

In June 2022, 10 finalists will be chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program where they will work closely with and learn from a 3M scientist. Each finalist has the opportunity to participate in the final event at the 3M Innovation Center in Minneapolis, MN – an interactive competition featuring hands-on challenges, presentations, live judging, and more. At the final event, which will be held on October 17 and 18, the Grand Prize winner and Improving Lives Award winner will be announced.

“Every day, 3M captures the power of our people, our ideas and 3M science to reinvent what’s possible and for the past 15 years, in partnership with Discovery Education, we’ve inspired students to apply their passion for STEM to creating the world a better place,” said Karina Chavez, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at 3M. 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages students to make the most of their creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking to develop an idea that can transform the world. We look forward to this year’s applications!

In its 15th year, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge inspires and challenges middle school students to apply the power of STEM to discover real-world solutions. America’s top young scientists have gone on to give TED talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell on the New York Stock Exchange, and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. A 2013 finalist recently completed a 3M summer internship in the Corporate Materials Lab division, a testament to the ongoing learning opportunities for students who participate. These young innovators have also been named Time Magazine’s Top Child of the Year, featured in The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider, and national television shows such as Good Morning America, CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Suite. Learn more and meet all the past finalists on

“Each year, students participating in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge help make the world a better place,” said Lori McFarling, president of social impact at Discovery Education. “The 3M Young Scientist Challenge connects today’s students with science mentors so their STEM dreams can come to life and improve their community. We are incredibly excited to see the powerful ideas this year’s participants bring to life.

The winner 3M Young Scientist Challenge completes the 3M and Discovery Education program – Laboratory of young scientists – which provides free dynamic digital resources for students, teachers and families to explore, transform and innovate the world around them. All resources are also available through the Young Scientist Lab Channel and in the Social Impact Partnerships Channel on newly improved Discovery Education K-12 Learning Platform.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.comand stay connected with Discovery Education on social media via Twitter and LinkedIn.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science collaboratively to improve everyday life when our people connect with customers around the world. To learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to global challenges, visit or on Twitter @3M Where @3MNews.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the world’s leading educational technology company whose industry-leading digital platform supports learning wherever it happens. Through its award-winning multimedia content, innovative teaching materials and classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators provide equitable learning experiences that engage all students and promote greater academic achievement globally. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessible in more than 140 countries and territories. Inspired by global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with trusted districts, states and organizations to provide teachers with cutting-edge edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Discover the future of education at

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