Discovery Award for Top Young Scientist

Discovery Education and 3M have awarded Liam McCarty of Elm Grove, Wis., with the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as winner of the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his innovative wound closure system that better protects deep cuts.

McCarty was one of 10 finalists who competed Tuesday morning in a series of live science challenges in New York City. 

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A student of Brookfield Academy, McCarty will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value) and a trip to St. Paul, Minn. to visit the 3M Innovation Center and work alongside 3M’s top scientists to test and enhance his prototype.

Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges on their science skills and their ability to communicate scientific knowledge. 

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Head judge Steve Jacobs, an accomplished scientist, educator and author, joined a team of scientists and educators from across the country to form the judging panel.

“Satisfying curiosity has been at the heart of Discovery’s mission and DNA for 25 years and we recognize the importance of nurturing interest in science education among America’s youth,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications. 

“Liam McCarty and all of this year’s participants of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge demonstrated the strength and promise of our next generation of science and technology leaders.”

Sydney Clark from Austin, Texas was awarded second place in the science competition for inventing a way to prevent thieves from stealing pin numbers at ATMs. Clark is homeschooled through the Clark Academy of Science and Art. 

Matthew Shimura from Honolulu, Hawaii was awarded third place for his invention of a protective film that can prevent windows from breaking during high winds. Shimura currently attends Punahou School.

Both Clark and Shimura will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the set of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. 

Fourth and fifth place (tie) contestants, Liam O’Brien of Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Unionville, Conn., Kai Klocke of Cedar Park Middle School in Portland, Ore. and Alexander Mataloni of South County Secondary School in Fairfax Station, Va., each will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a Discovery Student Adventures Spring Break Trip to the Grand Canyon.

Coinciding with the announcement of this year’s winner, Discovery Education and 3M are beginning the search for “America’s Top Young Scientist” of 2011. 

For more information, you can go to www.YoungScientistChallenge.com. 

Discovery Communications, a leading television company with Discovery Channel, aims to transform classrooms through Discovery Education.

And a leading company for research and development, 3M produces products for diverse markets.

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