Mendu Selected as Finalist in National Science Challenge

Mendu Selected as Finalist in National Science Challenge
Posted on 08/26/2016

Mason High School freshman Maanasa Mendu is a top 10 national finalist for the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Mendu was one of those top 10 highest scoring entrants who qualified for the finals that will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota from Oct. 16-19.

According to the website, the annual premier competition recognizes scientific thinking and imagination in students grades 5-8 who dream up a solution to an everyday problem that ultimately could reshape the way we live our lives.

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition and were selected over hundreds of others, due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos. The finalists   ̶  six girls and four boys, ranging in age from 12-14  ̶   include those from public, private and home schools, from locations all across the nation.

Mendu hopes her invention helps make wind power a globally applicable energy source. For her entry video, she created a device utilizing piezoelectricity materials that are both eco-friendly and cost efficient.

“After learning that wind power only produces 4% of America's energy, I  entered the Young Scientist Challenge to help turn an idea into a reality. I believe my invention has the capability to provide electricity to the world in an environmentally friendly way,” shared Mendu.

Mendu had the opportunity to work one-on-one with 3M Scientist and mentor Margaux Mitera, who is a senior product development engineer in 3M’s Stationery and Office Supplies Division. Her work focuses on developing Post-it® Note products designed to help consumers turn their thoughts into actions and ideas into reality.

The Young Scientist Challenge began in 1999 with a goal to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. Discovery Education partnered with 3M – one of the world’s most notable innovators – in 2008 and has given students the opportunity to work directly with and learn from 3M scientists.

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