ST. PAUL, Minn.
Oct. 9, 2013
have named 11-year-old
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
, winner of the 2013
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
for his innovative sandbag design. Every year, millions of dollars of damage are incurred due to salt-water flooding, with the most recent claims being made during last year's Hurricane Sandy. This prototype aims to help better protect flood zones against salt-water damage from future storms. Robertson, a sixth grader at Stanford University's Middle School, competed alongside nine other finalists yesterday during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in
St. Paul, Minn.
, and was awarded the title of "America's Top Young Scientist,"
and a trip to
from Discovery Student Adventures.
To download hi-res images and b-roll footage of the science competition, go to
Over the past three months, Robertson and the other finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist as they created their personal innovation as part of a summer mentorship program. The 3M Scientists provided guidance to the finalists as they developed their ideas from a theoretical concept into an actual prototype that would help solve a problem in everyday life.