Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Wow. Now that I start looking for programs that encourage children to pursue STEM careers, it seems like they are flying at me from every direction. I've already mentioned a few on our Facebook page, in case you don't follow.
This latest contest has a deadline that is quickly approaching. But I know that there a many children who can easily meet it. The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a science competition for 5th - 8th grade students. Because research shows that science test scores start to drop in middle school when interest in science begins to wane, the Young Scientist Challenge focuses on this age group to encourage and reward children to develop their curiosity and hone their scientific knowledge.
You can see the videos of previous winners here.
The videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability, and overall presentation. Videos will not be evaluated on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras. All video entries must be submitted online at www.youngscientistchallenge.com by 5:00 p.m. EST, April 15, 2011. Judges will review the video submissions and choose 10 finalists and up to 51 merit winners: one from each state and the District of Columbia.
The 10 finalists will be paired with 3M scientists to complete a summer assignment having to do with innovation. Together they will work virtually through pre-assigned objectives with resources and support provided by Discovery Education.
Parents and teachers, be sure to check out the page with lesson plans related to this year's topics. And on the good side, they also have a page where you can download a letter to the parents in English or Spanish. (Not quite as bilingual-family friendly as the Design Squad Nation contest, but algo es algo as my mami says.)
For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.
Con mucho cariño...