2008-05-29 / News

Science contest open to middle schoolers

Governor Donald L. Carcieri is encouraging Rhode Island middle school students enrolled in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8, to participate in the nationwide Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

This program is a way to promote greater science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, which has been part of the Governor's ongoing education initiatives. Quick action is needed to participate.

The competition encourages students to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings on one of several scientific concepts. The entry concepts are defined on the program's Web site.

The deadline for entry is June 15. For any questions on categories, judging criteria and how to enter, students must go to the web site www.youngscientist.discoveryeducation. com.

In July, 51 semifinalists will be announced. One will be named from every state in the nation and the District of Columbia. From that group ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the competition for "America's Top Young Scientist" in the fall.

The First Prize winner will be awarded a U.S. Savings Bond for $50,000.

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