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A Beautiful World: Brilliant kids and the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

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Dr. Delony Langer-Anderson
Dr. Delony Langer-Anderson, second from left, celebrates with Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist finalists.
Courtesy of 3M Corporation

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.