50 Middle Schoolers Named Semifinalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Education and 3M this week announced the semifinalists in their 11th-annual Young Scientist Challenge. The semifinalists will receive $250 and a prize package and have moved a step closer to the $50,000 grand prize.

The national 2009 Young Scientist Challenge asked students to use to communicate scientific concepts in a two-minute video presentation, focusing on innovations that help solved everyday problems. Their submissions were evaluated based on understanding and communication of scientific concepts (creativity, persuasiveness, suitability for the classroom, and presentation), not video production quality.

A complete list of finalists and information about them can be found on the Young Scientist Challenge site here. The 10 finalists will be announced in August. Those selected will be flown to New York to compete in the finals in October. One winner will receive a $50,000 savings bond.

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