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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

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