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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- @DE3MYSC, Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
- @KitchPantrySci, Liz Heinecke, is the Kitchen Pantry Scientist. A microbiologist and mom, Liz is also the creator of the Kid Science App and Kitchen Science Lab for Kids.
- @ScienceGoddess, Joanne Manaster, is Read Science! host, book lover, biology lecturer, former international model, blogger, and STEM advocate.
- @EmCalSpaceGal, Emily Calandrelli, is a rising star and former STEM Girl Friday with a master’s degree from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy. She’s also the producer and host of Xploration Outer Space.
- @LittleTechGirl, Kris McDonald, is a mom of two sets of STEM-loving twins and the blogger behind Little Tech Girl.
- @Venspired, Krissy Venosdale, is passionate educator, STEAM advocate, Space Camp alum and maker of inspirational classroom posters. Learn more about her atVenspired.com.
- @ThePurplePage, Stephani Page, is a mom, former science fair winner, phD candidate in biophysics and biochemistry, blogger at My Purple Glasses, and initiator of #BLACKandSTEM.
- @KimMoldofsky, also known as The Maker Mom and founder of #STEMchat. You might also follow me at @STEMchat.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by #STEMChat. All opinions are my own.