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Closing Post- Braeden Benedict

Hi everybody!

This is going to be my last blog post. This has been such a great experience for me, as I am sure it has been for all the finalists.

As I mentioned in my last video blog, my favorite part has been working on something that has real world application. I feel like my innovation has the potential to really help people. Along the way, I have learned so much about the process of innovation. I had no idea when I began how many poor ideas one must go through to find a good one. I have come to realize the truth of Thomas Edison’s saying, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” I had to put in so much hard work to make my idea work. Read more

Week 10- Braeden Benedict

In this video blog post, I will be showing you some of the testing I have conducted. I had to split the video into five parts to upload it, but it's all here.

In the videos from the testing at Gunther's Athletics, you will see Jose. He works at Gunther's Athletics and helped me operate the testing equipment. He was a huge help with the testing and made the whole process go smothly. Thanks, Jose!

I hope you enjoy the video... Read more

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Week 7- Braeden Benedict

Summer almost over! I'd once again like to thank 3M and Discovery Education for this amazing opportunity and experience.

Please take a look at my videos. Thanks!

Summer's Almost Over! Part 1 & Summer's Almost Over! Part 2 Read more

Week 4- Braeden Benedict

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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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

I'll Be Back Soon!

Hi everybody!

I will be gone for the next two weeks on a backpacking trip. Unfortunately, this means I will not be able to post to the blog.

You’ll hear from me as soon as I get back!                                                              

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Week 2- Braeden Benedict

Welcome back, everybody!

As we conclude Week 2 of the Summer Program, I am completely engrossed in my project. I find choosing a problem to be the toughest part of any science research project. Taking my wide range of ideas and narrowing them down to just three was especially difficult.

I’ve found an interesting way to classify the observations I have made and the problems I have seen along what I call “The Spectrum of Importance.” Read more

Week 1- Braeden Benedict

Welcome, everybody, to the Young Scientist Challenge Blog!

I will be posting to this blog throughout the summer, keeping you updated on my summer project. I’m very excited to be one of the top ten finalists for the Young Scientist Challenge sponsored by Discovery Education and 3M.

Day 1 Introduction Part 1

Day 1 Introduction Part 2 Read more

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