Supporting the 3M STEM Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery 3M STEM Challenge Winner for 2015
Last year’s winner Hannah Herbst

By Estelle Erasmus

I’m a huge advocate for STEM centers and programs. My daughter’s school has one, and I’m so glad. The future for girls who want to advance is in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

I was always afraid of math, and it didn’t help that I had one influential teacher in sixth grade who didn’t think that girls should do math. Her “lesson” stayed with me, and I followed my natural inclination towards English, Social Studies and ultimately, Communications.

Still, I wonder how many students might have been held back in their progress by that teacher’s bias.

That’s why I was thrilled to hear from the MOMS about the 3M STEM Young Scientist Challenge, because I want to bring attention to the importance of STEM education.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premiere science competition for grades 5-8. Through the program, young inventors have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

For more on the program (including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules) please visit the website here:

Submissions will be accepted through April 13, 2016.

Good luck to your budding scientists!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of 3M. All opinions stated are my own.

8 thoughts on “Supporting the 3M STEM Young Scientist Challenge”

  1. I sent my girls to a STEM camp last year and there was a herculean challenge as boys surveyed them in shock and girls at school wondered aloud why they would choose to do that. My 9 year old just told me she is eager to return. Doing all that I can to preserve positivity around learning, despite how often it seems it is not promoted as a track for girls. SO glad you are posting about this!

    1. Thanks Amanda. It’s so important for girls, especially in a society that shows that as they get older the boys start surpassing them in those skills.

  2. This is so important. I do believe if more girls were encouraged in math and science, rather than discouraged or overlooked, the world would be a better place 🙂

  3. Many of my friends are scientists, I’m a social scientist. Critical thinking and logic, which underlie math and science as well as understanding societal and living processes. Thank you for publicizing STEM programs.

  4. My nephew has a Master’s in math and just got a job with the NSA. His peers in grad school were many women who came from Stanford, Harvard and the like, all studying math and science. The world has changed for girls since we were in school. And that is a very good thing.

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