Young minds dream big, and when given the opportunity, they have the innate ability to spark change for the betterment of communities large and small. Discovery Education and 3M announced this summer 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge 2018 – including Georgia finalist Krish Wadhwani of Alpharetta, Georgia. Wadhwani hopes to cure Huntington’s Disease through an injectable medication that uses Synthetic Antibody Mimics (SyAMs) to locate and attach proteins found on the surface of cancer cells, ultimately eliminating the disease. Wadhwani was celebrated yesterday evening by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), Forsyth County Schools, Discovery Education, and 3M for his innovation and accomplishments. The Young Scientist Challenge competition recognizes 5-8 grade students who demonstrate curiosity in the scientific process, and inspire their peers to solve global challenges of the present and future.
“At 3M, we feel a responsibility to help people discover their passions for STEM and realize that problems within their communities can be solved through scientific exploration,” said Nancy Sperling, sponsorship events manager, 3M Marketing. “We are proud to call Krish one of our 2018 finalists and are excited to see what he has achieved this summer through collaboration with his 3M mentor.”
In June, the Young Scientist Challenge invited students to submit short videos outlining new inventions and ideas that solve everyday challenges. Of hundreds who entered the competition, judges selected 10 finalists for their exceptional science acumen, spirit of innovation, ingenuity, and effective communication skills demonstrated in entry videos. Georgia Young Scientist Challenge finalist Krish Wadhwani, as a result of placing as a competition finalist, has worked one-on-one with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program where developed his ideas into a working solution that has potential to positively impact families, communities and lives.
"The opportunity to submit an entry about a topic that I am immensely interested in on such a magnificent scientific platform is truly incredible, said Krish Wadhwani, Georgia finalist, 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. “Moreover, working with a 3M Scientist and developing the capabilities of my invention to the fullest level has been fascinating."