Germantown, Tennessee—June 25, 2018–
Discovery Education and 3M have announced that Nipun Rajan, a fifth grade student from Farmington Elementary School (Germantown Municipal School District) has been named the state merit winner for
Tennessee in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
, the nation’s premier middle school science competition. Rajan was chosen as one of 34 state merit winners nationwide for developing an innovative solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately improve and reshape the way we live our lives.
"I just really thought it would be good to have another tool that could be used while wearing gloves," said Nipun in a recent interview. Currently a rising 6th grader from Farmington Elementary School, he attended a STEM camp at Houston Middle and took classes at the Germantown Community Library about 3D printing. "These things really inspired him to take part in the challenge," said his father, Sandeep Rajan. Furthermore, the teachers at Houston Middle School were instrumental in helping Nipun to print the tool.
Students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem that directly affects them, their families, their communities or the global population. Rajan rose to the top of the competition out of hundreds of submissions due to his passion for science, spirit of innovation, ingenuity and effective communication skills demonstrated in her entry video. The budding young scientist has been recognized for his “Handy Multi-Purpose Pocket Tool by CAD and 3D printing” project.
Rajan will receive special recognition on the challenge website, youngscientistlab.com/challenge
, 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.
3M has been a title sponsor of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for more than 10 consecutive years. The program has produced 10 brilliant winners and 90 finalists who have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and compete in the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider and more.
Take a moment to watch Rajan’s Youtube submission here: