The Young Scientist Challenge sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education is science video competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The contest asks students to create a short, one to two minutes, video about a specific science topic selected from a list of topics created by the YSC judges. Videos are judged based on demonstrated knowledge of the topic and creativity. Ten semi-finalists will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to New York to compete in the competition finals. The overall winner will receive $50,000 in US Savings Bonds. To enter the contest, the student’s parent must register with a valid email address to which registration information will be sent. Click here for the full contest rules and requirements. You can view sample videos from last year’s competition here.
Applications for Education
This competition is a great opportunity for middle school students to learn about and creatively express knowledge of science topics. If your students’ parents are reluctant to have their children enter the competition you could hold your own science competition within your school or school district.