And so it ends. The summer full of so much energy and work, and the beginning of the school year, holding anticipation and worry, and excitement. In about 2 weeks, I will no longer be in Pennsylvania, but I will be in Minnesota, pitting my mind against 9 other very talented finalists in the competition that truly has changed my life. And the project that I have worked on all summer- it too must come to an end, though there were many trials and accomplishments that I have suffered and rejoiced in respectively throughout the time I worked on it.
Speaking of trials- I was driven around endlessly in search of copper sheets for my photovoltaic cells, which I couldn't find anywhere! I, surprisingly, found it, not at Home Depot or Lowes, but at Pat Catan's. A store for the arts and crafts. The whole situation dripped with irony.
Not to mention the fact that my programming didn't work because of an issue with the download of my software and the USB port my Arduino was connected to. And also, the solder which almost ruined my project single-handedly.
And even so, the simple joys of learning and accomplishing little things made everything worthwhile. And while I know that this is a competition between my fellow finalists and I, I wish everyone the best of luck. I know deep within that I've poured my heart and soul into this project. I also know that they have, too, and we all have been through similar experiences this summer. I'm very excited to finally meet all the people that I've only met through a web seminar and blogs. I really can't wait for the competition!
And finally, this is the second part to my big thank you letter. I would like to thank both 3M and Discovery Education for this experience, and for providing me with the product I needed for my procedure. I'll never be able to express how much this means to me. I'd like to thank my mentor, Dr. Free, who has been there to help me whenever I needed him, and especially for helping me with understanding the abstract concepts I needed to comprehend before proceeding.
My family and friends have been especially supportive- if I ever have doubts, they give me support and encouragement enough to light a city with electricity!
And so it ends. Here are my last videos- and once again, a thank you to everyone that has supported me. I really can't express my thanks enough. Have a great week- I'll see you in Minnesota!
Video Part 1
Video Part 2