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Young Inventors Hall of Fame
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. Students have the opportunity to win amazing cash prizes and once-in-a-lifetime trips. Over the last 13 years, more than 600,000 middle school students have participated in the competition. Below, we highlight the top 10 finalists over the last couple of years. YOU can be the next Young Scientist! Visit the Young Scientist Challenge website for more challenge information.
California: Mythri Ambatipudi
Hometown: San Jose
School: Stratford Middle School
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Meet Mythri: Mythri's invention seeks to address the root cause of many life-threatening diseases, like cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Her passion for science, research, and computational biochemistry fueled her desire to enter the Young Scientist Challenge. Mythri loves reading books, both fiction and nonfiction, on her Kindle.
California: Christopher Isozaki
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes
School: St. John Fisher School
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Meet Christopher: Christopher's computer cooling device, which generates electricity by harvesting the heat of the computer, is designed to help save the environment by reducing the consumption of electricity and be economical by reducing energy costs.
He was inspired by his friend and schoolmate, past winner Braeden Benedict, to enter the Young Scientist Challenge.
California: Anthony Kim
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes
School: Ridgecrest Intermediate School
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Meet Anthony: Anthony's innovation helps to make driving safer by reducing the probability of hydroplaning. He thought the Young Scientist Challenge would be a fun opportunity to invent something new and help the world too.
Anthony's favorite invention of the last 100 years is the automobile because it is the machine that transports people much faster to places.
Massachusetts: Andrew Masek
Hometown: North Attleboro
School: North Attleboro Middle School
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Meet Andrew: Andrew's idea captures energy to recharge a battery using man's favorite 4-legged friend! Andrew thought the Young Scientist Challenge would be a great opportunity to have fun and learn about science. In 15 years, Andrew hopes to be an electrical engineer.Andrew's idea captures energy to recharge a battery using man's favorite 4-legged friend! Andrew thought the Young Scientist Challenge would be a great opportunity to have fun and learn about science. In 15 years, Andrew hopes to be an electrical engineer.
Pennsylvania: Sahil Doshi
School: Ft Couch Middle School
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Meet Sahil: Sahil entered the competition because he loves science and he wanted to get to know others who shared similar interests. His battery cell invention will use carbon dioxide and other waste materials to help clear the atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions and, additionally, be a low-cost alternative for electricity in developing countries.
Texas: David Cohen
School: S.R. Academy
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Meet David: After hearing about the devastating tornado in Granbury, Texas last year, David started thinking about how technology could help locate victims in a disaster. He designed his rescue robot which he believes is unique in that it could survive being crushed and might be able to squeeze through smaller gaps.
Virginia: Ana Humphrey
School: George Washington 2 Middle School
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Meet Ana: Ana thinks her invention, WANBRC, has the possibility to change thousands of lives. She hopes the resources of the Young Scientist Challenge will help improve WANBRC so she can help better the lives of others.
Ana's favorite invention of the last 100 years is the 3D printer because it can create anything from toys to clothing to tools for robots. "If used effectively, it could cut manufacturing time and costs, and give the consumer incredible options for customization."
Virginia: Jai Kumar
Hometown: South Riding
School: J Michael Lunsford Middle School
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Meet Jai: Jai saw the Young Scientist Challenge as an opportunity to challenge him in identifying and solving a major issue in the world. Past participants inspired him and Jai was also thrilled at the prospect of working with 3M mentors.
Jai enjoys exploring how to use technology to solve everyday problems. He's even created a gaming system for the senior center where he volunteers and an automatic light dimmer that sense sound levels in a school cafeteria.