Published Online: October 17, 2008

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2008 Young Scientist Challenge

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Earlier this month, Discover Education and 3M announced the winners of the 2008 Young Scientist Challenge, naming one student “America’s Top Young Scientist” and one educator “America’s Top Science Teacher.”

Ten students and five teachers competed in the final round of the Young Scientist Challenge, held October 5-6 at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, D.C. After judging their science know-how and communication skills, a panel of scientists—including one former astronaut—named the two winners.

Chesterfield, Mo., student Melissa Rey won the student competition and Edward Evans, a Walch, W.Va., teacher won the title of top science teacher. Rey was awarded a $50,000 savings bond. Evans received a $5,000 cash prize, as well as classroom technologies and materials from Discovery Education and 3M.

Other student finalists received $1,000 cash, 3M products, Discovery Channel DVDs, and an assortment of other prizes. For information about participating in the 2009 Young Scientist Challenge click here.

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