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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.

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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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