3M and Discovery Education announced Sarah Park ’25 as one of the top 10 finalists in the 2021 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The nation’s premier middle school science competition, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge features outstanding innovations from young scientists that utilize the power of STEM to improve the world. Park was one of two students from the state of Florida on the finalist list.
This year’s finalists and honorable mention recipients – fourteen students ranging in age from 12-14 – identified an everyday problem in their community or the world and submitted a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind their solution. An esteemed and diverse group of judges, including 3M scientists and leaders in education from across the country, evaluated entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge, and communication effectiveness.
Park entered her project Spark Care+, a personalized music therapy treatment for mental health disorders she developed using artificial intelligence, galvanic skin response and photoplethysmography.
In her challenge entry, Park said it is her dream to be “paired up with a mentor scientist and make the Spark Care+ a reality.”
3M and Discovery Education’s competition event will take place from October 18-19 at the 3M Innovation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“The 3M Young Scientist Challenge demonstrates the transformative power of young minds to address global challenges by combining their unique and diverse perspectives on innovation, creativity, and a passion for a better world,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president and chief corporate affairs officer, 3M. “The 2021 finalists, honorable mention recipients prove the efficacy of STEM thinking. We are proud of this year’s competitors and remain committed to building greater STEM-equity that unlocks the power of people, ideas and science and imagines what’s possible.”
Each finalist will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000, a unique destination trip, and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.