Top Winners Announced for Discovery 3M Challenge
Photo of YSC winners Young Scientist Challenge winner Melissa Rey stands with runners-up Shyamal Buch (left) and Peter Ku next to her. Credit: NASA
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Melissa Rey from Chesterfield, Mo., was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” during the competition finals of The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge held in the Building 8 auditorium at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on October 6.

Edward Evans from Welch, W.Va., was named “American’s Top Science Teacher.”

The two days of challenges were hosted at Goddard as part of a NASA-Discovery Space Act Agreement to celebrate NASA’s 50 years of discovery. Goddard scientists, engineers and Goddard’s resident astronaut Paul Richards assisted in challenging each participant on their knowledge of space related themes and activities. Challenges included jet propulsion, repair of the Hubble Space Telescope, Martian topography and how to simulate lunar gravity on Earth.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets middle school students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. This event provided 10 middle school students and five teachers an opportunity to demonstrate their science prowess in a series of team-based, interactive challenges focused on this year’s theme, “The Science of Space.”

Related Links:

> NASA Commemoration Includes Discovery Challenge at Goddard
> Discovery 3M Challenge to Conclude Oct. 6 at Goddard
> The Discovery Education 3M Challenge
Dewayne Washington
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center