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Is your kid up to the Young Scientist Challenge?

The 2013 Young Scientist Challenge winner Peyton Robertson
The 2013 Young Scientist Challenge winner Peyton Robertson
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If your child has a scientific bent, so to speak, why not take it to the next level and put the Young Scientist Challenge on his/her to-do list without delay.

This one-of-a-kind science competition is designed specifically for boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 and is sponsored by Discovery Education and 3M--and for good reason. That's because it's projected that there will be a need for an 8.65 million American STEM workforce by 2018. Thankfully, overall interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs among high school seniors is now up by more than 20%.

Bottom line: If the interest is there, encourage your child to take it the next level by participating in the Young Scientist Challenge.

Time is running out, though, as the competition closes at 8 p.m. on April 22nd, so time is running out. Just have your son or daughter register and then create and enter a one- to two-minute video that:

  • “Explains the problem and how it impacts them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population;
  • Describes a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem;
  • Explains the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics behind their innovation; and
  • Illustrates how their innovation could both address the everyday problem they’ve identified and have a broader impact locally or globally.”

For more details, click here.

Is it worth the effort? Oh, yes! For starters, the 10 finalists …

  1. Get to share their passion for science with their fellow finalists;
  2. Travel to St. Paul, Minnesota and tour the 3M headquarters; and
  3. Enjoy an exclusive summer mentoring with a 3M scientist.

As for the top young scientist? She or he wins a grand prize of $25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica!

But all that aside, simply accepting the challenge and putting themselves out there makes a winner out of every entrant and takes them one step closer to a possible STEM career. In a word, it doesn’t get any better than that.

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