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Discovery Education and 3M seek entrants for the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The challenge invites students to create a one- to two-minute video describing a new, innovating solution that could solve an everyday problem. Finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills. Deadline: April 19. Funds: State winners receive a Technology Prize Pack. Ten finalists receive a trip for the student and one parent or guardian to the competition finals, a contest medal, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show, and $1,000. The grand prizewinner receives a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show, a contest trophy, the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” and $25,000. Eligibility: 5-8 grade students. Email: Web:

You Be The Chemist Challenge®:

What is the You Be The Chemist Challenge®?

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a national, interactive academic contest that focuses on learning of Chemistry concepts and uses the drama of competition to excite grade 5–8 students about science. Participating schools and students have an opportunity to compete in local and state competitions, receive national recognition, scholarships, and prizes. The Challenge Champion, one chaperone, and one educator from each state even receive an expenses-paid trip to the national competition in Philadelphia in June!

What do I need to do as an educator to be involved?

Interested educators can to visit to register for the Local Challenge nearest to their school by January. After registering, educators can decide how many students from their school are going to be involved in the challenge. They have the option to give the Challenge Qualifier to a selected number of students, a grade level or the entire school. Educators can announce the challenge  to the students by showing the YBTC Overview PowerPoint. In December or January, educators give the Challenge Qualifier which consists of up to 50 multiple choice questions. After giving the Challenge Qualifier, teachers will send their top 10 students from the school to the Maryland Challenge Organizer. 

At the end of January, once school registration is completed, the Maryland Challenge Organizer will contact the educators to announce the number of students that will be able to advance to the Local Challenges. This will be determined based on the number of schools involved in each Local Challenge.

What is a Local Challenge?

This year’s Local Challenge sites will be located in Baltimore, Montgomery and on the Eastern Shore. The contest is open to all Maryland schools. Educators can register for the Maryland Local Challenge site nearest them by visiting The top students from each of the Local Challenges will qualify for State Challenge in April. The Local Challenges will most likely occur on Saturdays in February or March. The State Challenge will follow on a Saturday in April. The exact date and location for all of the Maryland challenges are still being determined based on available locations.

Who do I contact if I want more information or if I have questions?

For more information or questions about the Challenge, please visit or email the Maryland State Organizer using the email listed below.

Maryland State Organizer for You Be The Chemist Challenge®

Adam Atwood


More about the challenge…

The Challenge was created by the Chemical Educational Foundation ® (CEF) a national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing science education for our youth. The 2014–2015 Challenge involved 34 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with nearly 40,000 students. We continue to grow the program each year and hope to get your school involved!

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