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National Science Competition Searches for America's Top Young Scientist

SILVER SPRING, MD and ST. PAUL, MN -- (Marketwire) -- 04/27/10 -- Discovery Education and 3M are searching for America's Top Young Scientist in the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5 through 8.

Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the final challenge in October. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), a tour of 3M's Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota given by the world's top scientists, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Science savvy middle school students have one month left to enter this year's challenge.

Competition Details:

1. Middle school students in the U.S. are challenged to create a 1-2 minute video communicating the science behind the danger of one of the following safety and security issues that are present in everyday life and offer a possible solution:

a.  Preventing the spread of germs and diseases
b.  Food safety
c.  Sun protection
d.  Wind resistant structures

2. All video entries must be submitted online at by May 27, 2010.

3. Videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability and overall presentation. Students can learn how to craft a winning video by checking out "Entry Video Tips," which features advice from previous winners.

4. The official submission rules can be found online.

For more information on the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines and examples of entry videos go to

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA) (NASDAQ: DISCB) (NASDAQ: DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at

About 3M
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms -- often in combination -- to a wide array of customer needs. With $25 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit

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