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July 2014

JAI - SUMMER RESEARCH

Hi everybody, Jai here! I hope everyone is having a great summer! I have been hard at work looking at various problems that I would love to solve in the future. Of all of the problems that I identified, the one that I feel most strongly about, is air pollution. Read more

SAHIL - CHOOSING A PROJECT IDEA

After I heard from Discovery Education that I had been selected as a finalist, I began thinking about ideas for the final project. Fortunately, I was going to Singapore and Hong Kong, so this would be a perfect time to make observations and come up with an idea! Read more

KATHERINE - FINDING A PROBLEM TO SOLVE

There is a wide range of problems in the community from obesity to lack of clean water. Choosing three problems was difficult. I decided to choose based on many factors including:

•  The importance – I wanted to help solve a problem that affected as many people as possible.
• The existing solutions – I want to create a better a better solution to solve a problem Read more

ANA - MOTIVATION, TAPE AND THE SECOND WEEK OF COMPETITION

Soccer Bag Necessities: Starring 3M Athletic Tape!Over the past week, I've basically spent every moment of my day either playing soccer or working on my project (and I love every second)! Thank you to 3M for being one of the necessities always in my soccer bag! You have played a fundamental role in protecting me from blisters! Read more

CHRISTOPHER - A GOOD START

I decided to continue the project I submitted for the Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge.  Although I had already developed a working model of my project, it only told me that I reached my initial goals.  I could see that there were a variety of ways my model could be improved.  I feel that if I can continue to improve my model, it could be more than a science project and one day be a viable commercial product.  I really liked this project from the beginning as it met my goal of making a difference in the energy crisis, introduced me to a wide range of Read more

ANTHONY - NARROWING, ELIMINATING AND SELECTING THE SOLUTION

Hello everyone,
 
I am starting to begin trying to solve my problem I have decided on, however, I had to go through long steps of narrowing down my list of problems.

To begin with a topic to start working on, I had to come up with a list of potential ideas that could be the topic of my research. Read more

MYTHRI - TO CHOOSE OR NOT TO CHOOSE, THAT IS THE DECISION

Oh, the pain of doing the daunting duty of decision making when you are in love with every problem that presents an opportunity to innovate! Which of the eight problems that I had identified through careful observations must I shortlist? I spent endless hours pondering this question as I tried to compile the list of my top three invention topics. Since all eight of my first list of problems captured my interest equally, picking three of them was an incredibly challenging and engrossing task. Read more

DAVID - NARROWING DOWN MY CHOICES

Early this week I started thinking of problems I could solve for my final project. I realized how many problems that are out there. Many problems haven't even been identified. I created a list of problems that I thought were important and made a big impact on the world. My list was very long so I took a look at everything and decided which ones I would be able to solve in the time I had. By doing that, I narrowed my list down to eight problems. I looked at the problems again and  chose three out of the eight that I already had possible solutions to. Read more

ANDREW - THINKING LIKE A SCIENTIST

This has been a very exciting past couple weeks. I have come up with many great ideas in my scientist’s notebook. I realized that some of the problems affect millions of people, such as the current water shortage in California, and some fewer people, like losing a pet. After many hours of research and brainstorming, I had finally picked my top 3 ideas. It was very hard to narrow my list to three, but I finally did it.  After thinking like a 3M scientist for a week, these are the ways I narrow down problems: Read more

NIKITA - STARTING WITH THE CONCEPTS

Enjoying the beach and thinking of natural materials in architecture

I finally came back from an epic summer vacation and I’m ready to do my project! Read more

NIKITA - BEFORE THE TOP TEN

 

It was really nice communicating with and getting to know my mentor this week!

I actually found this contest being inspired by my older sister who just recently had won a few science competitions for high schoolers. She made me want to go to a great college and win a scholarship like her. So my parents and I started to look for different scholarships for middle school and I found the young scientist challenge. Read more

KATHERINE - CHOSEN AS A FINALIST IN YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE


I first learned about the Young Scientist Challenge from an article in the Washington Post last year when they announced last year’s winners from our region. When I made the device this year to proactively prevent drowsy driving I thought maybe I could give it a try. Read more

MYTHRI - MY MEMORABLE MOMENT ... A 3M DISCOVERY

Hello! My name is Mythri Ambatipudi, and I am from San Jose, California. What an eventful summer I am having so far! I recently returned from India where I was visiting my grandparents. India is a whole different country, almost like another world. But in a way, it was not so different because 3M's influence could be felt even there, from my grandfather's scotch tape to my grandmother's post it notes. While I was there, I received the thrilling news about being selected as a finalist. I couldn't believe it! Read more

DAVID - MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

I have always been fascinated with technology, but I started to get really interested in science over the last two years. I actually entered the Young Scientist Challenge two years ago with an invention made to conserve water for public restrooms. Even though I didn't place, I told myself never to give up and entered again this year. I think perseverance is very important in science and technology research. As the famous saying goes, "You fail your way to success." Read more

ANDREW - GREAT WAY TO START THE SUMMER!

When I first found out about the Discovery Eduction 3M Young Scientist Challenge on the Discovery Education Techbook that my school uses, I knew it would be the perfect contest for me. I was inspired to participate in the contest because I knew it would be fun, a chance for me to create my own project, and learn many new things in the process. Read more

JAI - FIRST BLOG POST

Jai here! I’d like to begin by congratulating my fellow finalists! I am so excited to be ranked alongside such brilliant minds!

Wow! These last two weeks have been pretty busy, but I cannot wait for more! It is truly an honor to be considered one of America’s top young scientists!

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ANA - CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED

ANTHONY - INSPIRATION AND FEELINGS

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SAHIL - LEARNING ABOUT YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

When I first heard about the Young Scientist Challenge from my gifted teacher, I knew this competition was a perfect fit for me. It combined my passion for science with my love of communication. As soon as entries opened, I eagerly set out to begin my entry video. Read more

CHRISTOPHER - KICKING OFF THE SUMMER MENTORSHIP!!!

What an awesome summer this is turning out to be!!!  I’m  trying out for the school basketball team, I just got back from a great week in Lake Tahoe and most of all, I was chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge!!!
I already had a great call with my mentor, Dr. Moran.  We discussed the status of the project I submitted and some of the work that I had done since then. She and the rest of the staff have been so friendly and supportive.  Read more

The 2014 Results are IN

THE 2014 RESULTS ARE IN| The top 10 finalists for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge have been announced. These students come from all over the country with some of the most exciting, innovative solutions designed to address every day problems in our world. Read more