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August 2011

John's Blog-Technology

I have been making progress with the 3M technology, and I have been doing more research and I am about ready to start building my model. I spent a lot of time on the 3M website looking at all of the different and technologies that they have. It is totally amazing how many different things they have, from post it notes to medical supplies. Read more

Austin Curtis - Week 7

Hi this is Austin, this video is better this week because we have had success with my project. I was able to talk to my mentor for a long time last night on the phone. He used to be a boy scout and he would get dry ice and put ice cream on it and give it to his fellow boy scouts. When the presentation night comes, he will have dry ice for me to freeze my project quickly with.

My video shows how my project is coming along.

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YSC Blog Post 7 – [Cheyenne]

It’s been pretty hectic this week, what with the earthquake and all (I had an idea to solve an earthquake problem, but I’ll save that for later).  I’ve been hard at work constructing my prototype, and I’m pleased to see it’s coming together.  The final event in October is getting closer and closer.  I’m saving September for the presentation, so I’m working double time to finish everything else before school starts.

Against the backdrop of all my recent failures, I’ve finally had a success!  I was worried that in spite of all my testing, I would not be able to find a usable material for my prototype. However, as a result of endlessly modifying the testing procedure and some new 3M products from my mentor, I have something that I can use with confidence. Read more

Blog #4 (Video Blog #1)


Here is my first Video Blog!

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Week 7- Braeden Benedict

Summer almost over! I'd once again like to thank 3M and Discovery Education for this amazing opportunity and experience.

Please take a look at my videos. Thanks!

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Young Scientist Challenge Video Blog #1

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Caroline Boschetto Video Blog #1

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Young Scientist Challenge Week 7



I spent a few hours doing research on my innovation and realized that the hardest part about gathering information was finding what types of technologies were available. For the most part, I felt that my initial approach to solving the problem was simple and effective. Yet, as I dug deeper I discovered there were more technologies that were more effective and more practical. Without research, one can think of only one solution. It may seem great that someone has discovered a solution to a problem but this limits the person to only one option. Read more

The Scientific Method

Hi there its Jack Andraka from Maryland. In my next few blog posts and video shares I will be talking about the scientific method. The scientific method is the method that all scientists use to perform an experiment and the process is as followed: Ask a Question, Do Background Research, Construct Hypothesis, Test with an Experiment, Analyze Results. If your hypothesis is correct you can now go ahead and form your conclusion, otherwise form a question about why your hypothesis might be wrong and start all over again. Read more

Week 5- Shawn Farmand

After starting some of my experiments I realized that I needed more accurate results, so I asked my school district (Methacton) if I can borrow their microscope and precision scale. Hopefully I will get them this week. I am very happy they will be providing me with these instruments. While I have already done some experiments, I will be restarting them so I can have much more accurate results. I have also ordered a pH meter, accurate up to 0.01pH, as opposed to pH strips, accurate up to 2.5pH. Dr. Oxman has also sent me some more materials that I can use while I continue to build my prototype.  Read more


Week 6:Nolan Lenard

School just started. Good to see some friends again. BEST Robotics is starting up, and I'm very excited about this year. The theme is "Don't Bug Me." Guess we will find out what that means! Here's my new video blog.

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YSC Blog Post 6 -- [Cheyenne]

This week has been pretty quiet.

My testing has run into even more problems, if that’s even possible.  Therefore, I have decided to begin working on the prototype in addition to testing, because there are some parts of my prototype that don’t require testing to build.

My mentor, Dr. Appeaning, has helped me a lot more.  She was able to get her hands on some more 3M products for me, so I can continue with my schedule. Read more

Video Blog 2- Shawn Farmand

YSC Video 2

Hi Everyone,

       This is my second video blog. Read more

Austin Curtis - Week 5

I've hit the point where I have to pick between a new project or my original. I really liked my new idea but I can't get it working.

Find out the details in my video blog (click the link below).

p.s. sorry about the cicadas chirping in the background

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Week 5: Nolan Lenard

I've got a video blog this week! Things are coming along nicely.

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Week 5: How a mentor can help

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Video Blog 1- Shawn Farmand

Hi everyone,

     This is my first video blog:

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Week 4- Braeden Benedict


It’s what science is all about!

It is impossible to solve a problem without researching it. How could you? You wouldn’t know what you were trying to solve. Almost everything a scientist does is research. Reading, observing, and taking data, they are all part of scientific research. Before a scientist starts anything, they must try to find out as much as possible about their subject matter. Sometimes, the hardest part of research is finding information that doesn’t fit your idea or hypothesis. Maybe your idea or solution has to change to fit what actually happens. That’s okay. It’s all part of scientific research. Once that research is completed, a scientist must communicate his or her findings to the world. Read more


YSC Blog Post 5 – [Cheyenne]

After a month of grueling, but exhilarating, math camp, I am back at home and ready to plunge my entire self into this project. This past weekend, I took my testing chamber, which had encountered a lot of building problems, to a professional welder to see if they could help me.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t, so I went to Home Depot to get some ideas.  I got more than ideas. Read more

Divya - Blog 3

Once I narrowed down my ideas to three, it was fairly simple to choose one topic to pursue. This is because one of my ideas was extremely complicated to implement (though very interesting) and another had an alternative solution that was already invented (Someone else who thought just like me :P ).

After choosing my topic, I performed additional research and found out that my solution could serve several different purposes. This additional information helped add the “awe” factor to my idea and made me certain that I had chosen the right one. Read more

Week 3- Braeden Benedict

It’s good to be back and once again working on my project. Summer seems to be flying by! Less than two months are left until the main event in October. I can’t wait!

For me, narrowing down to one problem was not hard because I was unsure of which of my three options to pick. It was hard because I had this feeling like there was something else out there just waiting to be invented. I felt that I was shutting a door, in a sense, to an even better idea. However, like I mentioned before, summer is flying by. I decided the smartest thing to do would be to move forward with the best option. I chose this by looking at which problem/solution was most do-able, was most new, was most testable, and was most creative. (I’ll save that other invention behind the door for another time!) Read more

Divya - Blog 2

Coming up with ideas wasn’t too difficult because there are many problems to solve in today’s society. The hard thing about this was doing the research to find out whether a solution for the problem already exists. This was the case with some of my ideas, so I had to come up with new ones.

I was excited to know that Dr. Del Langer-Anderson, an Advanced New Product Development Specialist, was going to be my mentor.  I thought it was really cool to have a scientist for a mentor. Read more


YSC Blog Post 4 -- [Cheyenne]

Ah, research.  It is the basis for all science, yet it is also the most annoying.  However, over the years, I have learned to conduct research in an effective way.  I go to Google and search a few generic keywords.  Then I read a couple of sites and note the keywords that all the sites put an emphasis on.  I search those new, narrower keywords on Google and read as much as I can.

I have a habit of questioning anything that my sources don’t explain thoroughly.  Since I learned some physics and chemistry in 8th grade, I can actually derive the formulas myself, and see exactly why something is, rather than taking what my sources tells me for granted.  This way, I have a more thorough understanding of my topic. Read more


Week 3 - Austin Curtis

This week we needed rainwater for testing part of my project, and in summer it's usually dry, but a sudden downpour of 4 in. was plenty of rainwater. My mentor helped me out this week with a few problems we had. Today a news reporter interviewed me and I was kind of nervous. I tried not to give too many deatails away about my project.

We've been testing some ideas and trying to decide if my final project is possible. If not I will have to pick one of my other ideas. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Blog 4: Research

While researching certainly isn't the most enjoyable part of doing a project, it is one of the most important requirements for a successful outcome. Even if you are fairly knowledgable about the topic you are working with, solving specific problems you will encounter will be impossible without seeking more information. As I thought more and more about my project, I realized that there were many gaps and question marks within my plan because I didn't know enough information about my topic. Through research, I now feel more confident in what I am doing, and more sure about the direction that I am heading in. Read more


Young Scientist Challenge Week 5

Choosing one problem and solution took a great deal of time and energy. The solution had to be practical, available to the public and innovative. It took a while for me to realize that there are two main solutions in the world. One solution is simple, addresses the problem and effectively fixes it. The other solution is high-tech and new. In some cases, people like simple solutions because they are more readily available and cause less problems. In other cases, people like fancy solutions because they are new and appeal to curiosity, much like smartphones. Read more

Divya - YSC Opening Blog

Hi Everybody!

I haven’t been posting blogs for a while because I was in Duke TIP at North Carolina taking a course on Modern Medicine. It was a lot of fun, but now I’m really excited to start working on my invention for YSC.

I heard about YSC from my gifted class Science teacher. She was my mentor for several other science competitions and had suggested that I participate in YSC too.

After learning more about this competition, it seemed like a lot of fun coming up with an invention and making a video about it. None of the other science competitions that I participated required a video submission.  It was all about providing details about the project in the form of a written essay.  YSC sounded really interesting! Read more

Week 4:Nolan Lenard

This week has been crazy! My summer camp I've been assisting with has ended, archery camp is over, and my birthday just happened! Sunday I was in the newspaper, and Tuesday I will be on TV for FOX10! I am not free for long because Band camp is around the corner. Talk about a schedule!

Newspaper link: This was in the paper, but things have changed in the concept since this article was written. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge: Narrowing Down Ideas

At the moment, I'm in the middle of what is perhaps the most difficult part of the scientific process: choosing a topic. Basically, I have to identify a current issue in our world and brainstorm about solutions to that problem that could come about through an innovation that I will be creating. This task of deciding on an issue has proved more difficult than expected, mainly because the entire rest of my project will be based upon the foundation of this topic. After much thought and research, I realized that there are many small issues and inconveniences in our daily lives, but what I want to address are the bigger problems of our world, and how our lives play into them. I want my innovation to put a dent into issues that affect nations, economies, and the environment. I know that this may be broad thinking, but I figure that unless something is strived for, it will never be achieved. Read more

Week 4- Shawn Farmand

What is science without research? The answer is simply nothing! Without research, there would be nothing to base any knowledge off of.  Researching plays a key role in the scientific process, as without it, there would be nothing to experiment.

Back in the day, people weren't as privileged as the new generation to just sit in a chair, type something on a computer, and have loads of information pop up in seconds! They might have had to go to the other side of the country to find one book! Now, we know so much more and it is all because of research. That, in my opinion, is why science has gained more in the last 20 years, than in the last 200,000 years! Read more

Week 4 - Austin Curtis

This week I spent some time thinking about if my project will really work like I want it to.

For it to work right;

1. I will have to come up with the right mix of special ingredients.
2. It has to be safe for people and the enviroment.
3. It can't be too expensive.

Right now I just got some of my "special ingredients" and now the real fun can begin! Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Blog 3: Deciding on a Issue/Solution

After narrowing down what current issues I wanted my invention to deal with, I was then faced with the question of how to solve them. For me, this was the fun part of my brainstorming process because I got to use creativity and imagination, and think beyond the boundaries of what has already been created and what is commonplace. In order to develop solutions to the problems I had selected, I tried to think about exactly why the issues had occurred in the first place, and what innovations could eliminate those issues. I also thought about how I could fit the solution into the average person's everyday life. When taking these things into consideration, I was able to develop stronger, more plausible solutions.  Read more

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