Many of the greatest innovations of our time were first designed to solve a simple problem. This year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages young people to solve everyday problems using science and innovation. When you are working in the field of science, the opportunities are endless! Look around you - science is everywhere. Your innovative ideas just may revolutionize the way we live.
Entrants should identify an everyday problem related to the way we live, work or play. The problem should directly impact them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population. The idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product.
The challenge is to create a one- to two- minute video that...
The following are thought-starters within each category. Students are encouraged to consider one of these topics or come up with their own ideas within these categories.
Entries will be scored using the following judging criteria:
Young Scientist Challenge Project Template
Good scientists work through a scientific process when trying to solve a problem.
Download this electronic template to help guide you through the process.
Looking for inspiration? Here's one story that might inspire you...
One Sunday in 1974, Arthur Fry, a new-products developer at 3M, was singing in his church choir. The little piece of paper he used to mark his choir music had fallen out, causing him to lose his page. He thought back to a weak adhesive that one of his colleagues, Spencer Silver, had developed and wondered if he could use it to create an adhesive bookmark that could be easily removed without damaging his hymn book. The next day he used the adhesive to create the sample bookmarks. The rest, as they say, is history. Arthur's sample bookmark led to Post-It® notes, an innovation that has revolutionized the way we communicate and organize information. Arthur, of course, had no way of knowing this. He was simply trying to keep his place in church!