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Plano ISD Student is a 3M Young Scientist Challenge Top 10 Finalist

July 19, 2022

Plano ISD student Harini Venkatesh, a rising Jasper High School 9th grader, has been named a Top 10 Finalist in the 2022 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her project The Comptometrist: An Efficient Way to Determine Myopic Power. She created the project while she was an eighth grader at Rice Middle School this past school year.

student Harini Venkatesh

Harini Venkatesh, a rising Jasper High School 9th grader and former Rice Middle School eighth grader

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is one of the nation’s premier science competitions for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition, currently a partnership between Discovery Education and 3M, seeks to enhance science, innovation and communication across the United States and cultivate the next generation of problem solvers.

The 2022 Top 10 finalists submitted a one-to two-minute video communicating a solution to an everyday problem in their community or the world and the science behind their solution. A diverse group of judges, including 3M scientists and leaders in education from across the country, evaluated entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge, and communication effectiveness. Each finalist has earned $1,000 and is invited to participate in a summer mentorship program, during which they are assigned to a 3M scientist who will act as their mentor as they develop an invention or innovation to solve a real-world problem. Finalists will develop a prototype, an electronic presentation, and a video explaining their project. 

In October 2022, there will be a public voting period, during which members of the public worldwide are invited to visit the competition website to vote on the finalists’ videos. The finalist whose video receives the highest number of eligible votes will be declared the contest’s Improving Lives Award Winner.

Each finalist will also participate in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge Final Event, which will occur October 17-18, 2022 at 3M Headquarters located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their projects will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the finalist who scores the highest will be deemed the Grand Prize Winner. The winner will receive $25,000, a unique destination trip, and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.