Silver Spring, MarylandandSt. Paul, Minnesota – Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the opening of the 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. This program, offers young inventors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of America's Top Young Scientist.
The Challenge rewards curious students who use their science acumen and creativity to solve a problem in their local, national or global community. Fourteen-year-oldMaanasa Mendu won last year for her creation of HARVEST, a bio-inspired energy device that captures energy in the form of wind, rain and sun – and converts it to power. Mendu was inspired to enter the contest through her “pretty awesome” eighth grade science teacher.
“The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge was really meaningful,” said Mendu. “I encourage any curious middle schooler to enter, because you will not only get a chance to win amazing prizes like$25,000, but you will have a number of opportunities to enhance your scientific knowledge, creativity, and collaboration skills! The great thing about the Young Scientist Challenge is that you have an amazing 3M mentor at your side. Overall, the Challenge allows you to broaden your horizons.”
Students in grades 5-8 can enter the challenge by creating a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind their big idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Video entries will be evaluated based on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and delivery. Ten finalists will then be chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program, where they will work closely with and learn from a 3M scientist.
The program challenges, finalists' thinking to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. The students will meet virtually with their mentors and will receive additional resources and support from 3M and Discovery Education. Each finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center at the company's headquarters inSt. Paul, Minn., to compete at the final event inOctober 2017.
All video entries must be submitted online at https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge no later thanApril 19, 2017. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.
Timed to the Challenge opening is the launch of Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal for scientific exploration, and new home to the award-winning Young Scientist Challenge. The Lab is a one-stop STEM destination for teachers, students and parents. It offers engaging K-8 activities and standards-aligned lesson plans and interactive teaching tools to foster the next generation of scientists. There is also inspiration on how innovation can solve problems across industries: manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation, electronics, automotive, construction and design, personal safety and more. Additionally, users of the Lab will get up-to-the-minute science news, learn about live events, participate in upcoming field trips, and read new blogs about the Young Scientist Challenge.
Over the years, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. In 2016, entries were submitted by nearly all 50 states, from urban, suburban and rural districts. Six girls and four boys were named as the top 10 finalists.
“As an educator, whether or not you have a student selected as a finalist, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is about cultivating important skills to help students succeed in college, career and life,” saidFrancie Snyder, teacher atManatee County Public Schools' Oneco and Prine Elementary Schools inManatee County, Fla. ”Encouraging participation in the challenge is about inspiring young minds of all kinds, from all places, about the wonders of science and working to create a solution that could improve lives.”
For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, please visit: https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge.
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With$32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M's creative solutions to the world's problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education's services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50% of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Source: Discovery Education
Cincinnati, Ohio – GE is now accepting applications from schools for the GE Additive Education Program (AEP). Enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing, worldwide.
“We want to build an ecosystem for additive manufacturing across multiple industries,” said Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president of GE Additive. “GE is committed to this technology for the long-term.”
One global program will focus on primary and secondary schools, and the other one focuses on colleges and universities.
GE will invest $2 million over two years to subsidize desktop polymer printers for primary and secondary schools around the world. Priority will be given to institutions serving ages 8-18 with a strong commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
GE will invest $8 million over five years to subsidize up to 50 metal additive machines to colleges and universities around the world. Priority will be given to institutions with curriculum and/or research underway in the area of additive manufacturing.
Applications for initial selections in both programs will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2017, enabling printers to be available to schools and universities beginning Fall 2017. Additional applications will be accepted in 2018.
Here is the timeline for the 2017 application and selection process:
Primary and secondary schools (ages 8-18):
- February 28, 2017 – Introductory applications due
- March 15, 2017 – Down-selected schools notified
- April 7, 2017 – Detailed applications due
- April 28, 2017 – Final selections notified
Post high school, universities, colleges, technical schools (ages 18+):
- February 28, 2017 – Introductory applications due
- March 30, 2017 – Down selected schools notified
- April 30, 2017 – Proposals due
- May 30, 2017 – Final selections notified
Interested schools may complete the application form here. For more information, see GE Additive’s FAQ page here, or visit www.geadditive.com.
GE has actively supported education for more than 100 years. GE’s efforts focus on areas that have the greatest impact and can improve outcomes for students. In the U.S. alone, GE has invested more than $225 million and thousands of hours to support public education.
Additive manufacturing, which is also known as 3D printing, involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and laying horizontal cross-sections to manufacture the part. Essentially “grown” from the ground up, additive components generate far less scrap material and are typically lighter and more durable than traditional forged parts because they require less welding and machining. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers.
GE is a leading end-user and innovator in additive manufacturing. GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies at GE’s Global Research Center (GRC), developed additive applications across six GE businesses and is pioneering services applications across the company.
Late in 2016, GE signed an agreement to acquire a 75% stake in Concept Laser, a leading global supplier of additive manufacturing equipment, representing a key step in GE’s commitment to the additive revolution. In addition, GE concluded its tender offer for the shares of Arcam AB of Sweden, first initiated in September, and purchased 76.15% of the company.
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.
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