On this edition of A Beautiful World, Heather McElhatton speaks with Dr. Delony Langer-Anderson about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Langer-Anderson holds a doctorate in analytic chemistry and works for 3M as a new product developer in the consumer health division. She's worked on iconic projects such as ScotchBlue Painter's Tape and good old-fashioned duct tape. She also studied to become an elementary school teacher before settling on a career in chemistry. She was a natural to tap when 3M sought a mentor for the company's Young Scientist Challenge.
Langer-Anderson says kids — particularly those in middle school — are often overlooked by adults when it comes to solving real-life problems. The ideas of young people should be encouraged, not ignored.
More information about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, is available here.