Stone Hill’s Rao in Top 10 of 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Samvrit Rao, a rising eighth-grader at Stone Hill Middle School, was selected as one of the Top 10 national finalists in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a partnership between Discovery Education and 3M. It encourages the exploration of science and innovation and promotes the importance of science communication. It is open to students in grades five through eight.
Samvrit’s winning project is entitled “BOREAS: The Next Evolution In Telemedicine.” BOREAS is an affordable telemedicine-based solution that accurately captures and relays breath sounds along with symptomatic data to physicians with use of a unified hardware-software app solution.
Those entering the 3M Young Scientist Challenge submit a one- to two-minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem. To view Samvrit’s video, click here.
As a finalist, Samvrit will have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program. Each finalist receives a cash prize and a technology prize pack. Samvrit will compete to win $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as part of a virtual final event held on October 12 and 13.
In response to a questionnaire from the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Samvrit said he sees himself as an immunologist in the future. “I developed an interest in immunology when I participated in Science Olympiad in fifth grade and got to study immunology. Immunologists help develop vaccines for infectious diseases like COVID-19 and also immune cell-based therapies to cure cancer, all of which can help improve health of people around the world.”