Podcast: America’s Top Young Scientist
In this episode of the Learning Counsel’s Edujedi Report Podcast, you’ll meet America’s Top Young Scientist. Listen, as your host LeiLani Cauthen introduces you to a young woman that is so impressive, she has to be heard to be believed. According to Beth Meyer, Vice President Growth and Partner Activation, Discovery Education, “Science is about curiosity and exploration, and teaching is about keeping students connected to that curiosity. The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is open to all educators and middle-school students across the country. There are so many things that we do to bring science to life with curated and customizable lesson plans. Specifically for grades K – 8, there are young scientist lab materials, which can turn your classroom, whether it’s virtual or in person, into a lab with resources that are either at school or at home and content that’s always aligned to national science standards. People can head over to youngscientistslab.com to see so many free resources and content for educators and the students.”
Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2020. She found a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the pandemic. Programs for schools from Discovery Education combine these sorts of challenges with world-class STEM learning. Hear the discussion with Beth Meyer, VP of Growth and Partner Activation from Discovery Education; Mahfuza B. Ali, Ph.D., Corporate Scientist, 3M Materials Resource Division and 3M Young Scientist Challenge Mentor; and Anika.