Governor Perdue congratulated Mathew on his accomplishment. From Governor Perdue's Press Office:
For Immediate Release Contact: Office of Communications
Friday, August 22, 2008 (404) 651-7774
Governor Perdue Congratulates Georgia Student Finalist in Premier National Science Competition
Middle Schoolers and Teachers Put Their Knowledge of “The Science of Space”
To the Ultimate Test
The National Governors’ Association (NGA) partnered to sponsor this year’s competition along with NASA and Science Olympiad.
The ten student finalists will compete in the nation’s capital from October 4 to 6 for the chance to win a $50,000 U.S. Savings Bond ($25,000 cash value) as well as the title of “
“The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is an important part of our company’s commitment to science education and the belief that the next generation be able to effectively communicate complex ideas and solutions,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. “These 10 finalists are the future science leaders in
Robert MacDonald, President, 3M Foundation, added, “Science is at the very heart of 3M, driving the pulse of innovation throughout our company on a global basis. We have a responsibility to foster interest and development in the innovators of our future, and our partnership with Discovery provides the ideal platform for students and teachers to demonstrate just how exciting the journey of learning can be.”
The 2008 Competition
In its 10th year, the YSC introduced a new entry mechanism for students, challenging their ability to innovatively use everyday technology to communicate basic scientific concepts. From camcorders to cell phones, YSC competitors chose any technology available to create two-minute videos demonstrating their understanding of scientific concepts surrounding “The Science of Space” theme, including the Doppler Effect, a Parabola, Why Earth’s Sky Appears Blue, Orbital Paths, Magnetic Fields, the Bernoulli Principle and the Venturi Effect. Entries were evaluated on students’ ability to understand and effectively communicate the meaning of their chosen concept, not on the sophistication of their video production. The competition was open to all middle schoolers across the country.
This year, Discovery Education and 3M added a teacher component to the competition which follows the same premise as the student challenge. With the goal of finding the nation’s top science teacher, the YSC challenged teachers to make their own videos explaining space-related concepts, including
For more information on Matthew McGuthry and his prize-winning video, as well as all the other finalists, please visit: www.DiscoveryEducation.com/YoungScientist.
About Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
The Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for middle schoolers. The YSC targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. As a way to further reinforce its longstanding commitment to scientific innovation, 3M came on board this year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In addition, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Governors Association, National 4-H Council, and Science Olympiad have signed on as partners for this year’s YSC. All four organizations join Discovery Education and 3M with the common goal of engaging and inspiring every middle school student in