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MMS STEM student named 3M/Discovery 'Young Scientist'
Memorial Middle School STEM Academy eighth grader Noah Crafts, with his parents Morgan and Monica Crafts. Noah was named a 3M Discovery EducationYoung Scientist for his science research project. - photo by Michelle Kim/The News

Noah Crafts, a student at Memorial Middle School's STEM Academy, was named by Discovery Education and 3M as one of 36 state merit winners in the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. 

Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem.

Crafts rose to the top of the competition due to his science acumen, inventive thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in his entry video. 

The budding young scientist has been recognized for his project on an acid rain filtration system. 

Crafts received special recognition on the challenge website,, and a 3M innovation prize pack. 

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. 

"It is imperative that we cultivate our nation’s next generation of great thinkers, innovators and science communicators by providing them with engaging ways to explore the science that goes on every day in the world around them,” said Dr. Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education. “The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages the exploration of science and innovation among America's youth and helps develop students who are prepared for success in college, career and life." 

“The opportunity to foster the next generation of innovative scientific thinkers is at the core of 3M’s culture,” said Jesse Singh, Senior Vice President, 3M. “We are proud to continue to support middle school education by honoring these future problem-solvers. By recognizing the students that participate in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, we hope to spark a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and strengthen their science acumen and curiosity.”  

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, go to