TEN STUDENTS NATIONWIDE PARTICIPATE IN LIVE COMPETITION TO BECOME AMERICA’S TOP YOUNG SCIENTIST

 

TEN STUDENTS NATIONWIDE PARTICIPATE IN LIVE COMPETITION TO BECOME AMERICA’S TOP YOUNG SCIENTIST
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Hakeem Oluseyi, Frequent Contributor to the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, to Serve as Guest Judge

WHAT:    On October 13th, ten of America’s brightest middle school science students will compete in a series of challenges at the 17th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for the chance to win $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Students will each present a scientific innovation that they created to solve a problem found in everyday life to a panel of judges at the 3M Innovation Center, as well as compete in a series of additional challenges.

  • - Chain Reaction Challenge (9:00 – 11:30 AM CST): Finalists will work in teams to build a machine that completes one of Newton’s Laws of Motion.
  • - Finalist Innovation Presentations (2:00 – 4:00 PM CST): Finalists will present their scientific solutions to problems they have identified in everyday life, including:
  •      – A device that allows those suffering from allergies to inhale nanoparticles that      block allergens
  •      – A computer program and apparatus that measures pupil dilation, detecting      whether a person is driving under the influence of a controlled substance
  •      – An invention that helps those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers      by monitoring physiological and environmental factors that can cause and trigger      stress
  •      – A program that detects locations in need of new or updated drainage to help      prevent area flooding

The final presentations can be viewed via LIVE stream at youngscientistchallenge.com/live-event.

WHO:

Hakeem Oluseyi, an internationally recognized astrophysicist, inventor, science communicator, educator and humanitarian, will serve as a guest judge at the event. In addition to his work as a professor and astrophysicist, Oluseyi is a frequent contributor to the Science Channel where he hosts Outrageous Acts of Science. He will be available for interview.

For more information on the 2015 challenge, visit:
http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/2015-challenge

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 13, 2015: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST

WHERE:   3M Innovation Center, 2350 Minnehaha Ave East, St. Paul, MN 55144

Press release announcing winner, b-roll footage and hi-res photos will be available October 14, 2015 at
8:30 AM CST at www.youngscientistchallengemedia.com

CONTACTS:  Natasha Best, Hunter Public Relations: 914-261-5112 (cell), nbest@hunterpr.com
Christina Scripps, Discovery Communications: 240-383-2576 (cell), christina_scripps@discovery.com


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