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Science Olympian Wins the $25,000 Discovery Ed. 3M YSC!

Science Olympiad team member Maanasa Mendu from Mason, Ohio, takes home the $25,000 prize in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge! Back-to-back wins for Science Olympiad girls!

Maanasa Mendu, a Science Olympiad team member from Mason Middle School in Mason, OH, wins the 2016 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge with her Harvest bio-inspired energy device, and Rohan Wagh from Stoller MS in Portland, OR, takes second! 2016 Top 10 Finalists included four Science Olympians in the Top 10 including Maanasa, Rohan, Sofia Tomov from Knoxville, TN and Rohit Mahal from Rochester Hills, MI. Congrats to all who participated!

Grade 6-8 kids entering the 2016 Competition by April 20, 2016 had a chance to win $25,000. Middle school students upload a short video for a chance to compete in a live, head-to-head final at 3M Corporate Headquarters in Fall of 2016 (Top Ten Winners get $1,000 each). See the teacher letter and contest overview for more info. Teachers should encourage specific students and Science Olympiad team members to enter by presenting the Nomination Certificate below.

This year's suggested Thought Starters are How We Manufacture, How We Provide Energy, How We Stay Safe and How We Stay Healthy -- topics aligned to all 23 of the current Division B Science Olympiad events.

Here you'll find what you need to enter the 2016 Competition:

2015 Competition

Hannah Herbst, a Science Olympiad team member from Henderson University School in Boca Raton, Florida, wins the 2015 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge with her Ocean Energy Probe idea! 2015 Top 10 Finalists announced: Science Olympiad team member Sanjana Shah from JFK Middle School in Cupertino, CA, was one of the Top 10 Finalists, and two other finalists hail from schools with Science Olympiad programs: Joaquin Miller MS in San Jose, CA, and Collegiate School in New York, NY. Congrats to all who participated!

2013 and 2014 Competitions

Congrats to the 2014 champ, Sahil Doshi of Ft. Couch Middle School in Pittsburgh, PA! Students from two schools with Science Olympiad teams were in the YSC 2014 Top Ten: Stratford Middle School in San Jose, CA and J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in South Riding, VA. When finalists and winners were announced for 2013, Peyton Robertson from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was crowned the overall champion. Way to go, Peyton! Three Science Olympiad current and former team members were in the Top 10 - Peyton Robertson; Timmy DeMember from Monrovia, MD and Edward Kim from Waco, TX. Science Olympiad finalists won special prize packs in addition to cash awards and prizes.

2012 Competition

Congratulations to the three Science Olympiad team members who were Top 10 Finalists in the 2012 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge! Each student won $1,000, an expenses-paid trip to the Finals at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN, and an innovation-themed mentoring experience with a 3M scientist. Science Olympiad finalists also received a special prize pack containing autographed items from former Science Olympiad participant and Discovery Channel Storm Chaser Reed Timmer.

  • Placing 3rd overall was Anin Sayana from Challenger School in Cupertino, California
  • Placing 4th overall was Anishaa Sivakumar from Franklin Middle School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania
  • Top 10 Finalist was Brandon Gong from Garden City Middle School in Garden City, New York

From 2008 to 2010, Science Olympiad qualified 26 semifinalists and eight finalists in the competition - great job, Science Olympiad!

2010 Competition

Congratulations to the 2010 Second Place Winner, Science Olympiad's Sydney Clark of the Clark Academy of Science and Art Homeschool in Texas! Sydney won $1,000, a trip to the set of MythBusters, an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City and a prize backpack.

Semifinalists now announced! Ten Science Olympiad students from the following schools were semifinalists in the 2010 YSC: Phenix City Intermediate School, AL; Horace Mann Arts & Science MS, AR; HB DuPont MS, DE; Mid-Prairie Homeschool, IA; Treasure Valley Math & Science Center, ID; Germantown MS, Madison, MS; Providence Day School, NC; JT Lambert Intermediate, PA; Clark Academy of Science & Art, TX; Sperreng MS, MO. 

Creative Division B Science Olympiad students entered the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge (YSC) by May 27, 2010 for a chance to show the world their amazing science ideas in a 90-second video. Our special partnership allows all Division B teams advancing to the Science Olympiad State Tournament two nominations for automatic quarterfinal status and one guaranteed Science Olympiad spot in the Top 10!  The 2010 finals will again be held in New York City in October, with prizes including amazing trips and cash scholarships up to $25,000.   

At the 2010 Science Olympiad National Tournament, middle school students were treated to an on-site movie studio, courtesy of Discovery YSC!  On the Friday before the tournament, top competitors from 60 schools were invited to film their own interpretations of solutions to a range of current science challenges. Cool!

Topics for the 2010 YSC include preventing the spread of disease, food safety, sun protection and wind resistant structures and align with many Science Olympiad events like Disease Detectives, Physical Science Lab (Wind Power), Bio-Process Lab and Elevated Bridge.

2008 & 2009 Competitions

In 2009, two Science Olympiad participants tied for 2nd place in the YSC Competition finals -- Nikita Guarav from Beaverton Valley Catholic School in Oregon and Nico Seamons Cottonwood Valley Charter School in New Mexico!  Congratulations to the other finalists in the Top Ten from HB duPont Middle School in Delaware and Northport Middle School in New York. 

In 2008, three Science Olympians from IL, NJ and MN placed in the Top 10 and won $1,000 each, a trip to Washington, DC, and extras like a visit to San Francisco's Treasure Island to meet with Discovery engineers on "Prototype This".