Challenge to Inspire the Next Generation of Innovators

Discovery Education and 3M have partnered to inspire the next generation of innovators through the Young Scientist Lab. Through K–8 standards-aligned resources and at-home DIY science investigations, along with the award-winning annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the Young Scientist Lab seeks to remove barriers and create accessible STEM learning for middle school students.

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge gives students in grades 5–8 the chance to change their world for the better with a single innovative idea. This premier science competition is a one-of-a-kind project-based learning opportunity designed to spark creativity, collaboration, and connection for students from every background.

Middle school students can go inside this science competition with a collection of multimedia resources that bring to life the challenge journey. They can hear firsthand from students and 3M team members who have participated in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge to learn more about what it takes to become America’s Top Young Scientist.

Students can submit their original idea with a one- to two-minute video for a chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive mentorship with a 3M Scientist.

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge gives students a chance to develop new skills and transform an idea into a working prototype. The Lab’s resources help guide young scientists through the process.

The Challenge is open through May 2, 2024.

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