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The 2024 3M Young Scientist Challenge entry period is now closed. Please check back in June to meet our winners.

An Immersive STEM Portal, anchored by the award-winning annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Learn about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The annual challenge asks students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1–2 minute video for a chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive mentorship with a 3M Scientist.

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Science Starters

Kickstart immersive and open-ended learning experiences with flexible resources designed to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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See what our 3M Young Scientist Challenge Alumni are up to!

Follow the journey of former challenge finalists and 3M Mentors and see where they are today and what they are working on!


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.

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Change for Good

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.

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Moitri Santra

Moitri Santra

2021 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist

This challenge was a fantastic opportunity to integrate myself more into the world of brain computer interfaces and how they can be applied in early diagnosis and treatment.