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Which Groundbreaking Scientific Discovery Will You Be Known For?

Do you know any young scientists in grades 5–8? Check out the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge to find out how to enter the 2017 competition!

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Which Groundbreaking Scientific Discovery Will You Be Known For?

You got: Invent a charger that will charge phones using the weather.

Rainy, windy, or sunny — not a problem. Your science will stop all of our mid-day phone deaths for good. It will find a way to not only amplify the effects of natural energy sources, but it will miniaturize that device to look super cool with all our Kawaii phone cases. And so, our global selfie game will be even stronger because of you.

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You got: Create an algorithm that instantly prescribes a remedy for minor inconveniences.

By typing in the symptom — such as being cold, feeling slow, and getting annoyed — the algorithm will tell you how to circumvent your issue, such as how to move around the people who are walking in an aggressively sluggish manner in front of you. It will gain popularity by helping people cure small irritations like hearing others talk on their phone while they order food or being in the one plane seat that doesn’t recline. As a bonus, your invention will also prescribe remedies for real illnesses.

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You got: Make a filter that turns air pollution into a safe, delicious bacon fragrance.

But not just bacon! Your device will be purchased by every major city in the world to turn pollution into its own signature scent. New York will smell like fabric softener. Rio will smell like fresh-baked cookies. Dubai will have a distinct fruity aroma. Your filters will create an entirely new aromatic tourism and will make the planet a healthier place to live.

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You got: Create a bio-plastic grocery bag that tastes better than the food you carry in it.

This material will not only clean up our global waterways, it will revolutionize the annoyance that is grocery shopping. No longer will people come to the store in the hopes of getting free samples: They will carry that free food home with them and eat it at their leisure. Huzzah!

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You got: Invent a sensor that will analyze your body and create a customized beverage to instantly give you the nutrients you need right now.

There’ll be no more schlepping to the grocery store to quench your thirst. Just attach it to the kitchen faucet and convert tap water into a perfect, unique elixir customized to you. If you need an extra boost for a morning meeting, a latte comes your way. If you feel a cold coming on and need some extra vitamin C, get pumped for nutrient-packed orange juice. Or if you just finished a tough workout and want good, clean water, your sensor knows what to do!

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You got: Invent a patch that will tell you the exact moment when you’ve become too chill.

Building on technology that treats cardiac problems, your invention will monitor the heart rate of its users. People can use it on days when they plan to straight-up veg. It’ll alert them at the moment when they've reached max relaxation and start moving into couch-potato status (a.k.a. time to go get some takeout). Introverts around the world will rejoice! Never again will anyone have to live with the shame of not once leaving their apartment for an entire weekend.

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