Private Funder: Discovery Education; Opportunity: Young Scientist Challenge (2016); Funding Focus: Education, environment; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Students, grades 5-8; Funding: Award up to $25,000; Deadline: April 20.
Summary: Students apply via a one-to-two minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills. In the fall, 10 finalists will receive a trip to St. Paul, MN, during which they will present their completed “innovation” to a panel of judges. In addition, they will compete in a series of scored scientific challenges during the live event. Finalists will be judged on their scientific problem solving, innovation and ingenuity, and communication skills. The highest scoring finalist earns the title America’s Top Young Scientist and wins $25,000.