Avon Student Named State Merit Winner in Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Avon SchoolsDiscovery Education and 3M recently announced that William Grzelak, a seventh-grade student at Avon Middle School, has been named the state merit winner for Ohio in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge the nation’s premier science competition for students grades 5-8. Grzelak was chosen as one of only 27 state merit winners nationwide for developing a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape the way we live our lives.

SOEL_Logo_FinalEach January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new invention or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Grzelak rose to the top of the competition out of hundreds of submissions due to his science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in his entry video. The budding young scientist was recognized for his project, “Turn carbon monoxide into water.” Grzelak will receive special recognition on the challenge website, youngscientistchallenge.com, and a technology prize pack. Ten overall national finalists have also been selected to advance to the next round, and will participate in a final competition at the 3M Innovation Center in October.

To view his entry video, go to https://youtu.be/u83G3AVSjHs.

Since its inception in 2008, 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. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national news programs such as ABC World News TonightFox & Friends, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

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