Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge

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The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC) is an annual science and engineering research and exhibit competition for students in grade 5 through 8 and was created in 1999. It is sponsored primarily by Discovery Communications, Society for Science and the Public, and Elmer's Glue. Competitors must qualify for DCYSC by entering in an International Science and Engineering (ISEF) affiliated science fair.

After being nominated for DCYSC, students must complete an application which includes writing several essays. The essays are then evaluated for communication abilities by DCYSC judges who select 400 semi-finalists in July. The judging panel also selects the 40 finalists who receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the October finals.

The finals are composed of two parts. The first is a research presentation, accounting for 20% of the total score, held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the National Academy of Sciences, or another building that varies from year to year. Projects are judged not on scientific merit but with more on the student's ability to communicate his/her project effectively. The second part is a series of six science-related challenges that take place at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Maryland, or another location in Maryland that varies every year. Each challenge is concluded with some type of presentation (e.g., a radio show, a TV show, or a news conference) and is worth...
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