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SILVER SPRING, Md. and ST. PAUL, Minnesota, June 27, 2022 /3BL Media/ – 3M and Discovery Education today announced 31 State Merit Winners for 2022 3M Young Scientist Challenge. As the country’s most important science competition for middle schools for 15 years, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge features outstanding innovations from young scientists who harness the power of STEM to improve the world.
That 3M Young Scientist Challenge challenges students in grades 5-8 to identify an everyday problem in their classroom, community, or the world and submit a one- to two-minute video that conveys the science behind their solution. A respected and diverse panel of judges, including 3M scientists and educational leaders from across the country, evaluated entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge, and communication effectiveness.
“At 3M, we are committed to unleashing the power of our people, our science and our ideas to reinvent what’s next. That ‘3M Young Scientist Challenge’ supports young innovators who have shown the same passion to create the next and see their creative discoveries unfold and improve the world around us,” said Karina Chavez, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at 3M. “We are thrilled to welcome the latest generation of finalists and honorable mention recipients, and we are energized by a future that includes STEM for all and what it can do for the world around us.”
That 3M Young Scientist Challenge recognizes this year’s 31 State Merit Winners, chosen for their passion for STEM, innovation, and excellent communication skills. Each State Merit Winner will receive special recognition on the Challenge website and a unique technology prize package.
The 2022 3M Young Scientist Challenge State earnings winners are listed below in alphabetical order by state:
[Alaska] Sara DeVolld, Connections Homeschool Program, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
[Arkansas] Sanjay Iyer, Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock School District
[Arizona] Iraj Shroff, BASIS Chandler Charter School, BASIS Charter Schools
[California] Ryan Park, La Canada High School, La Canada Unified School District
[Colorado] Vikram Raju, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora Public Schools
[Connecticut] Toshan Bhattacharya, Bethel Middle School, Bethel Public School District
[Florida] Sharanya Natarajan, Edgewood Junior/Senior High School, Brevard Public Schools
[Georgia] Katherine Webb, Renfroe Middle School, Decatur City Schools
[Iowa] Silas Erwin, Merrill Middle School, Des Moines Public Schools
[Illinois] James Yu, Avery-Coonley School
[Indiana] Rohith Nuthakki, Creekside Middle School, Carmel Clay Schools
[Kansas] Parker Welsh, Tonganoxie Middle School, Tonganoxie Public Schools – Unified School District #464
[Louisiana] Maya Trutschl, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Caddo Public Schools
[Massachusetts] Vivek Varanasi, Jonas Clarke Middle School, Lexington Public School District
[Maryland] Shriyadita De, Takoma Park Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
[Minnesota] Shagun Shrivastava, Central Middle School, Independent School District 272
[North Carolina] Viraj Shah, Carnage Middle School, Wake County Public School System
[North Dakota] Lam Le, Oak Grove Lutheran School
[Nevada] Luka Nguyen, Challenger School – Silverado
[New Jersey] Sonia Leo, William Allen Middle School, Moorestown Township Public Schools
[New York] Salamat Ibrahim, Capital Preparatory Bronx Charter School, Community School District 12 of New York City
[Ohio] Kaavya Tatavarty, The Seven Hills School
[Oklahoma] Nosrat Montaha, Owasso Eighth Grade Center, Owasso Public Schools
[Oregon] Sahit Jayaweera, Tumwater Middle School, Beaverton School District
[Pennsylvania] Elizabeth Gill, Reach Cyber Charter School, a Pennsylvania Connections Academy
[Tennessee] Catherine Manley, West Valley Middle School, Knox County Schools
[Texas] Varuni Saranu, Coppell Middle School – West, Coppell Independent School District
[Virginia] Kriesh Tivare, Cooper Middle School, Fairfax County Public Schools
[Washington] Aishwarya Agrawal, Odle Middle School, Bellevue School District
[Wisconsin] Henry Martin, Golda Meir School, Milwaukee Public Schools
[Wyoming] Asa Limmer, Centennial Junior High School, Natrona County School District #1
To learn more about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and meet this year’s finalists, visit YoungScientistLab.com.
“We applaud the creativity and thoughtfulness of each of the 2022 state earnings winners. Your leadership is an inspiration and you are already changing the world for the better,” he said Amy Nakamoto, general manager of social impact at Discovery Education.
She is in her fifteenth year 3M Young Scientist Challenge continue to inspire and challenge middle school students to think creatively and apply the power of STEM to discover real-world solutions. America’s brightest young scientists have given TED talks, filed patents, founded nonprofits, made the Forbes 30 under 30 list, rang the bell on the New York Stock Exchange and exhibited at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have also been named Time Magazine’s First Child of the Year and have been featured in New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider, and on national television programs such as Good Morning America, CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more. This year’s top 10 Young Scientists Challenge Finalists and honorable mentions will be announced on June 28, 2022. The finalists will travel to 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, where they will compete in the final competition on October 17th and 18th.
The award-winning 3M Young Scientist Challenge complements the 3M and Discovery Education program – junior laboratory – providing free dynamic digital resources for students, teachers and families to explore, transform and innovate the world around them. Additional digital resources, content, and professional resources are available through 3M’s Science at Home Series, a series of videos in which 3M scientists and guests conduct simple experiments for children ages 6-12 at home. All resources are available on Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform and on YoungScientistLab.com.
For more information on Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education via social media Twitter and LinkedIn.
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About Discovery EducationDiscovery Education is the world’s leading edtech provider whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional aids, and innovative teaching tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences that engage all students and support higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessible in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Discover the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
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