About The Challenge
Annual Video Competition
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge gives students in grades 5–8 the chance to change their world for the better with a single innovative idea. This premier science competition is a one-of-a-kind project-based learning opportunity designed to spark creativity, collaboration, and connection for students from every background.Enter Today
Entering the Competition
Inspire scientific exploration and innovation in any learning environment with comprehensive challenge resources that guide students through the submission process.
Kickstart student entries with easy-to-use challenge tools.
Review challenge details below and get started by registering students. You’ll receive email updates about upcoming deadlines and helpful challenge tips.
Tackle real-world challenges that students care about.
Use the Entry Topics to hone-in on an issue that is meaningful to students, along with a variety of other challenge resources that provide a flexible framework to facilitate student submissions.
Ensure student submissions are ready to go.
After students have created their 1–2 minute video, make sure that they’re all set to submit by reviewing the Challenge Checklist.
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students to create an original solution to an existing problem for the chance to win a 3M mentorship and more.
Rules & Prizes
Grand Prize Winner $25,000
Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”
Top 10 Finalists $1,000
Unique Summer Mentorship with a 3M Scientist
State Merit Winners
(up to 51 awarded)
Technology Prize Packs & Certificate
Honorable Mention Winners
(one per grade awarded)
Improving Lives Award Winner $2,000
Awarded to the Finalist with most votes during public voting window
School with the most entries
Special recognition in press releases and at the Final Event
December 7, 2022
April 27, 2023
Finalist and State Merit Winner Announcements
Creativity (30% of Score)
Ingenuity and innovative thinking.
Scientific Knowledge (30% of Score)
Apply STEM principles to real challenges.
Persuasiveness and Effective Communication (20% of Score)
Demonstrate passion and research.
Overall Presentation (20% of Score)
Connect all the dots to inspire others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peruse these common queries about entering the challenge.