DMS Student Named Finalist in National Competition

Dorseyville Middle School rising seventh grader Amulya Garimella has been named a finalist in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Amulya is one of only 10 students to be named a finalist from across the nation.

The finalists in grades five-eight were chosen for their use of scientific thinking and imagination to dream up a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape the way people live their lives. With a goal of preventing distractions, Amulya submitted a short video communicating her proposal for a distraction-monitoring system that alerts users to distraction by measuring EEG brainwaves. When users get distracted, they would receive an alert reminding them to concentrate and get back to work. Amulya hopes that being distracted while doing homework or working will be a thing of the past! According to a press release from Discovery Education and 3M, Amulya "rose to the top of the competition due to her science acumen, innovative thinking, and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in her project..."

Over the summer, Amulya has had the opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a unique summer mentorship program where she is being challenged to develop an invention that positively impacts the community. Over the summer, Amulya has spoken with her science mentor who is providing guidance as she develops her idea from a concept into an actual prototype.

As a next step in the process, Amulya will present her invention during the competition's final event October 12 and 13 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M headquarters to participate in the final competition. At the final competition, the finalists will be evaluated on their presentations and projects. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."

"On a daily basis at 3M, we see the powerful results of combining science and collaboration," said Jesse Singh, senior vice president for marketing and sales at 3M. "We also know the importance of encouraging the next generation of scientific thinkers, who will ultimately create new ways to solve the issues we see every day. By pairing each of our 10 finalists with a 3M scientist mentor, we look to provide guidance and support through the scientific process as their ideas become reality in anticipation of the competition in October."

"In order to foster our next generation of STEM leaders, we must provide students with engaging opportunities that support what they're learning in the classroom and show them how science can be applied to everyday life to solve real-world problems," said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO at Discovery Education. "The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge fulfills this mission by encouraging the exploration of science and innovation among America's youth, and inspiring young minds nationwide to dream up their own creative solutions to everyday challenges."

Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded more than $600,000 in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights, and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers, and families across the country. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine's annual "30 Under 30" list, speak in front of members of Congress, meet the President of the United States, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in science.