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RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!

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

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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

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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

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