Young Science Lab is an educational platform developed out of a partnership between Discovery Education and 3M. It provides a wide variety of interactive and engaging activities, standards-aligned resources and teaching tools to help students with their science learning. The purpose of Young Scientist is “to foster a new generation of scientists who are inspired to improve the world with science”. The site features science resources for teachers, students and patrents.
As for teachers, Young Scientist Lab provides resources to help make science teaching more interactive, engaging and fun in class. There are lesson plans tailored specifically to meet students learning needs. They cover various science topics relevant to students lives and span the following grades: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Teachers will also have access to interactives that ‘help students discover the real-world science around them and make connections to what they are learning in school.’
The Students section provides learners with numerous learning materials to help them explore the world of science in fun and engaging ways. There are activities designed to capture students curiosity and develop their scientific thinking skills. These activities are based ‘on classic scientific discoveries; some dating back over 200 years. Scientists have used these activities to engage audiences around the world.’ There is a section called Science at Work where students get to meet ‘some of the 3M Scientists that research and experiment every day to innovate for the future.’