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Brooke Martin earns second at 3M Discovery Education young scientist contest

Spokane entrepreneur Brooke Martin won second place in the recent 3M Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge, held in Minneapolis.

We profiled Martin and her innovation, icPooch, in a recent SR story.

She finished right behind the winner, a young lad named Peyton Robinson who devised a new type of sandbag with features making it superior in dealing with flooding. He wins the grand prize of $25,000.

Brooke gets $1,000 plus a paid student-education travel trip to Costa Rica. She and the two other top finishers go to New York City this weekend to tape an interview on the talk show “Fox and Friends.”

Martin also started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $70,000. That campaign did not hit that mark. Her father, company CEO Chris Martin, said the company will lower its sights to $20,000 for a new Kickstarter campaign.

The lower amount, he said, results from having recently received an angel investment to move the company closer to being able to produce the product.

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