Do you know “America’s Next Top Scientist?”

We’ve got “America’s Next Top Model” and “America’s Next Great Restaurant”…How about “America’s Top Young Scientist?”

No, it’s not a reality TV show. It’s a nationwide competition sponsored by Discovery Education and 3M, a Minnesota-based technology company. The13th annual Young Scientist Challenge is looking for studentsin fifth through eighth grades with an innovative solution to an everyday problem. Ten finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center inSt. Paul, Minn. to compete in the final challenge in October 2011. The winner will receive$25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Kids should submit a short video explaining their idea by April 15.

Last year’s winner was 14-year-old Liam McCarty from Elk Grove, whose ideas about wind-resistent building won him the top prize. See his video here.

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