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Edward- Reflecting...

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The Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge has been such an amazing experience so far. I have learned so much during this summer in the collaboration with my 3M mentor, Dr. Thunhorst. I also had the pleasure to meet Dr. Haugen, a 3M fuel cell specialist, who has given expert advice as well. Read more

Aishani- Getting Ready To Experiment

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These past weeks have truly been filled with hours of planning, designing, and hard work! I realized that before you can get to the hands-on part of the scientific journey, you have to plan out your experiment. But that's the easy part, right? Wrong. In the beginning of the process, it had seemed to me that the planning part of my experiment was the easiest and least time consuming. Read more

Katie - Performing Research

This week, I performed more research on my idea to determine if it would be possible, with satisfactory results.  I find it very difficult to solve a problem if I have not gathered the appropriate information first. You need a wide knowledge base to solve a complex problem. Read more

Brooke - Formalizing Curiosity

What a fun week of research!

Now that I have an idea for a way to cure an everyday challenge, I have to do some in-depth research to narrow down what it is specifically that I’m creating.  It’s very hard to solve a problem without studying it first, because research is what allows you to understand the problem and prompt your thinking toward creating the solution.  Read more

Daniel- Research

This week, I collected information that may benefit the remainder of my project.

It would be nearly impossible to conduct any experiment without research to provide background information necessary to create a hypothesis, or educated prediction of the test results. It is often useful to know detailed information about your topic in order to avoid “discovering” facts that are already known. Read more

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