DMS Student Wins Third Place in National Competition

Dorseyville Middle School seventh grader Amulya Garimella has been named a third place national winner in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Amulya received a $1,000 prize and a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica. A total of ten middle school students were named finalists in the program in June and Amulya was the only student from Pennsylvania to attain finalist status.

The finalists in grades five-eight were chosen for using their scientific thinking and imagination to create a solution to everyday problems that will improve lives and strengthen communities around the globe. With a goal of preventing distractions, Amulya invented a distraction-monitoring prototype that alerts the user of distraction by measuring EEG brainwaves.

Over the summer, Amulya had the opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist to develop her personal invention as part of a unique summer mentorship program. She worked with a scientist to advance her ideas from a theoretical concept into an actual prototype. Amulya then presented her invention during the competition's final event October 12 and 13 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the final competition, the finalists shared their completed inventions and were evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges.

"3M is rooted in scientific exploration and an unwavering belief that every problem has a solution. Watching these middle school students embrace this core belief with such zeal and passion has been truly remarkable," said Jon Lindekugel, senior vice president, business development at 3M.

"The Young Scientist Challenge empowers students with the tools and experiences they need to apply science and their critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems," said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO of Discovery Education. "We are proud to stand alongside 3M in their efforts to advance STEM education through this unique project-based learning opportunity that celebrates the next generation of innovators, creators, engineers, and scientists."

Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars 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.