Annual Challenge

Challenge Participants

The 2022 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalists, State Merit Winners, and Honorable Mentions have been announced! Use the tabs below to check out their big ideas and explore all finalists, winners, mentors, and judges!
An Approach to Detect Fruit Disease using Images
Laasya Acharya
2020 Finalist
Meet Laasya. Laasya developed a solution that will allow farmers to easily and effectively detect diseased and unhealthy crops to reduce food waste and loss during the harvesting phase.
SoleX Turf: Good for Your Sole, Good for Your Planet
Xavier Baquero-Iglesias
2020 Finalist
Meet Xavier. Xavier invented SoleX Turf, a highly renewable, nontoxic alternative energy source to replace current energy solutions that use non-renewable, toxic components.
Neuroplasticity: Enabling Stroke Patients to Repair Motor Skills by Imitating Motion Between Hands
Rithvik Ijju
2020 Finalist
Meet Rithvik. Rithvik invented a novel robotic glove system designed to fast-track stroke rehabilitation of motor skills in the hands through neuroplasticity.
Modeling Gut Microbiome using 3D Microfluidics for Cancer Detection
Ekansh Mittal
2020 Finalist
Meet Ekansh. Ekansh developed a microfluidic device that mimics conditions of the gut microbiome to help test the relationship between bacteria and cancer, as well as new treatments against the disease-causing microorganisms and cancer cells.
Honey Comb: An alternate approach to reduce indoor air pollution
Harsha Pillarisetti
2020 Finalist
Meet Harsha. Harsha identified an alternate, low-cost approach to reducing indoor air pollution using leaf-like structures inside the home.
Robotic Swarms: Intelligent Network of Robots Performing Cooperative Tasks
Samhita Pokkunuri
2020 Finalist
Meet Samhita. Samhita designed and programmed multiple robots to mimic swarm intelligence to be used to accomplish complex tasks and collect data and information in the aid of healthcare, agriculture, construction, security and military operations.
BOREAS: The next evolution in Telemedicine
Samvrit Rao
2020 Finalist
Meet Samvrit. Samvrit developed BOREAS, an affordable telemedicine-based solution that accurately captures and relays breath sounds along with symptomatic data to physicians with use of a unified hardware-software app solution.
A Portable Microscopic Particle Meter Using Image Processing and Laser Microscopy
Kyle Tianshi
2020 Finalist
Meet Kyle. Kyle designed a portable Total Suspended Solids (TSS) device that easily and clearly detects invisible particles in water to monitor water quality and contamination levels.
Muck-rete: Constructive Utilization of Indian River Lagoon Muck
Sophia Weiner
2020 Finalist
Meet Sophia. Sophia created Muck-rete, a constructive way to utilize muck found in water as an aggregate in concrete and eliminate the need for Muck-sites.
William Albrecht
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Louisiana
Jack Andraka
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Maryland
Aarthi Bala
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Missouri
Elijah Barker
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Iowa
Clayton Bogert
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Nebraska
Evalana Burroughs
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Minnesota
Riya Chandra
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
California
Shreyas Chaudhari
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Ohio
Sydney Clark
2010 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Texas
J. Dale
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Idaho
Julia Guidry
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
District of Columbia
Jonathan Hart
2010 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Alabama
Jacob Holtgrewe
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Kentucky
Austin Howard
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Montana
Vjola Jorgji
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Massachusetts
Sehee Kim
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Georgia
Kai Klocke
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Oregon
IsaBelle Kranz
2010 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Indiana
Martin Kurian
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Delaware
Clara Ma
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Kansas
Alexander Mataloni
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Virginia
Liam McCarty
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Wisconsin
Matthew McInnis
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Mississippi
Ecofriendly Encapsulation
Pooja Menon
2020 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Pennsylvania
Savannah Morgan
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
North Carolina
Chesney Nagel
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
South Dakota
Danial Nasirullah
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Pennsylvania
Liam O'Brien
2010 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Connecticut
Tabitha O'Malley
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Alaska
Matthew Parker
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Tennessee
Ratna Patel
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
South Carolina
Naeha Pathak
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
New York
Patrick Perez
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Illinois
Raj Raina
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Michigan
Chris Riedman
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
North Dakota
Deborah Rookey
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Arkansas
Ahaan Rungta
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Florida
RecycleSense
Adithya Sastry
2020 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Tennessee
Brandon Scarberry
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Nevada
Matthew Shimura
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Hawaii
Marissa Splendore
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
New Hampshire
Ariel Stiber
2010 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Washington
Valerie Svaldi
2010 State Merit Winner
6th grade
Colorado
Megan Tammaro
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Maine
Dana Tran
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Utah
Nicholas Venturini
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
New Jersey
Kieran Verret
2010 State Merit Winner
5th grade
Vermont
Bailey Vogt
2010 State Merit Winner
8th grade
Arizona
James Wood, Jr.
2010 State Merit Winner
7th grade
Oklahoma