Bringing science to life through curiosity and innovation.
An Immersive STEM Portal, anchored by the award-winning annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
How to Enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Submit your original idea with a 1–2 minute video for a chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive mentorship with a 3M Scientist.
Challenge Support Material
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge gives students a chance to develop new skills and transform an idea into a working prototype. Use these resources to help guide your scientists through the process.
Tune in to meet a 3M Scientist!
Want to learn about the scientific process from a 3M scientist? Join us for an Inspiration Session to learn about our Robotics entry topic and kickstart your 3M Young Scientist Challenge journey!
About the Young Scientist Lab
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 experiments, 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.
Hands-on Resources to Inspire Student Scientists
The world is your laboratory.
Bring science exploration to life wherever learning takes place—no laboratory required!
Dive into exciting real-world challenges using flexible digital resources designed for in class and beyond.
Ready-to-Use Classroom Resources
Bringing science to every classroom.
Engage students in real-world solution-seeking with standards-aligned activities, lesson plans, digital interactives and more.
Celebrating DIY Science
Accessible, at-home science education.
Dive into project-based learning opportunities with life-changing possibilities for students through the nation’s premier middle school science competition.
Science at Work
Experiments & applying science every day.
In a 3M laboratory, scientists come to work every day prepared to research information and explore new possibilities that impact the world and propel innovation to make our world a better place. Read on to learn more about the 3M Scientists!
Science is about ideas. Teaching is about bringing it to life.
Use these free parent activities to turn your home into a lab and let the magic of “doing” begin! Engage your students with topics relevant to their life to underscore the power of science that impacts our world, and more.
Change for Good
Robotics can revolutionize the way we live our everyday lives. These machines, built and programmed to perform tasks without human interference, have made it possible to perform tasks with incredible speed and accuracy. How do you think the power of robotics could impact your community?
Great ideas are born from tackling real-world challenges, and great things start happening in students’ lives when they apply problem-solving skills to issues that matter to them. Empower students to tackle important challenges in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge with student submissions aligned to one of six key areas of impact: Robotics, Home Improvement, Automotive, Safety, AR/VR, and Climate Tech.Learn More