Do you (or your kids) like to geek out in the science lab? If you're a middle-schooler with a penchant for petri dishes, you could earn $25,000.

The search is underway for America's Top Young Scientist in 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a national science competition for students in grades five through eight. To enter, you need to create a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution for an everyday problem related to one of the following categories:

The Way We Move
The Way We Keep Ourselves Healthy
The Way We Make a Difference

Each video should attempt to explain the problem and how it impacts the student, her family, her community or the global population; describe a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact the problem; explain the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics behind the innovation; and illustrate how the innovation could address the everyday problem and have a broader impact locally or globally.

For more info and thought starters within each category, click here.  

All video entries must be submitted online at by April 15, 2011.

Are you America's Top Young Scientist?
Middle-schoolers can compete for bragging rights and a $25,000 grand prize in a national science competition.