Posted on August 27, 2013 by Edward Kim
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
Posted on August 27, 2013 by Aishani Sil
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
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Daniel Culver
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
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Tim DeMember
I have been working hard on the design for my project. It is fun but challenging! I enjoy figuring out a way to solve the problems that I am having. I have also done some research about the problems that I have. Read more
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Peyton Robertson
Thomas Edison tried nearly 2000 different filaments for his light bulb before one finally worked. Bill Gates said, "It's fine to celebrate success, but even more important to heed the lessons of failure". My research over the past few weeks has enabled me to experience this lesson first-hand. Read more
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Reeney Botros
Where we're going, we don't need roads!
Before experiencing it myself, I thought invention was all about creativity. Why not? It’s definitely a huge part of it—thinking of new, unheard of ways to tackle a common problem. But, again, things aren’t always what they first appear to be. Invention, in practice, is the result of a lot of creativity paired with a TON of knowledge about both the problem itself and the science that makes up your solution. Read more
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Anish Chuluvadi
Hello Fellow Scientists,
"The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart definitely seems to be right with his method of success - focus on one thing at a time. Keeping focus on a particular problem will make the process to finding a solution much simpler. Read more
Posted on September 29, 2011 by Shayan Farmand
Hi everyone, I would like to thank 3M and Discovery Education for this incredible experience. I would also like to thank Dr. Oxman, my mentor, for guiding me through the Young Scientist Challenge. I'm so excited for finally getting to meet all the finalists! My final video blog is attached!
Shawn Farmand Last Video Blog Read more
Posted on September 29, 2011 by Jack Andraka
Hi there this is Jack Andraka from AMAZING MARYLAND. Anyway I still cannot believe that I fly out to St.Paul in only 3 DAYS!!! I am super super excited to meet the other 9 finalists. I'm practicing the presentation of my innovation, and while this does take up a ton of time, I still somehow manage to do all of my homework (which is really hard to do in high school). Anyway I'm giving a special shout out to my mentor Dr. Ylitalo for being the best mentor ever!!! Read more
Posted on September 27, 2011 by Braeden Benedict
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