2010 Student Science Competition Opens

Discovery Education and 3M have opened up the 2010 Young Scientist Challenge, an annual opportunity for students in grades 5 through 8 to tackle problems through science and a chance to win the grand prize of $50,000.

The format for entries in the 2010 Challenge should be digital video ranging from one to two minutes. Entrants are asked to communicate the science behind a possible solution to one of the following issues:

  • Preventing the spread of germs/diseases;
  • Food safety;
  • Sun protection; or
  • Wind resistant structures.

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability, and overall presentation. Production quality will not be a consideration, and entries may be created using cell phones or basic digital cameras with video capability. Entries must be submitted online here by May 27, 2010.

The 10 entrants chosen as finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York in October for the final challenge. The winner will receive $50,000 in United States Savings Bonds, as well as the title "America's Top Young Scientist."

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