By now it is no secret that I’m mom to kids that love science and technology. I mean… of course they do. Have you met me? 🙂 I’m blessed and lucky to have kids that are excelling in school and find learning fun. I may not be the parent volunteering for everything at the school, but I do what I can to foster their love of STEM learning.

Last year I told you about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge which is the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students. The competition aims to keep students interested in science at a time when research indicates their interest begins to fade. They are encouraged to explore scientific concepts which they then apply to everyday life and creatively communicate their findings. Ten finalists in grades 5-8 will be selected from around the country to compete in the challenge. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”!

The cool thing about this STEM competition is that instead of working on their own, the ten finalists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge are paired with a 3M scientist mentor. The mentors help finalists to create an innovation that will be presented to a panel of judges at the final competition in October.

If you know of a student who is perfect for this program, direct them to the Young Scientist Challenge website to sign up or for more information. Entries are being accepted now through April 21, 2015. You can also check Twitter @DE3MYSC or the Young Scientist Challenge Facebook page.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by #STEMChat. All opinions are my own.