Annual Challenge

Are you America's Top Young Scientist?

The annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists, up to 51 state merit winners, and four honorable mentions will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Top Finalists at 3M

Inspiration for the future #youngscientist

Winners + Finalists (Archives)

Get a glimpse into the lives of our finalists, judges and 3M Scientists. Discover their hobbies, favorite science activities and ground-breaking ideas!

Storyboard Template

A storyboard is a great way to draft out your idea. Sketching out your idea on a storyboard template allows you to think about your message, what is your story, and how you will communicate your vision.

Scientific Process

  • Make Observations
  • Identify the Problem
  • Narrow Down Your Problem
  • Brainstorm Solutions
  • Focus on One Idea
  • Elaborate on Your Idea
  • Research
  • Your Plan
  • Conclusions
  • Write Out a Script