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Reeny- A Recipe for Innovation

As I struggled through a mental tug-of-war between my final three ideas, Dr. Moran suggested some questions I should ask myself.  Not technical or engineering questions. Questions about the world around me. She told me to ask "why?"  I realized that it is IMPOSSIBLE to just take each issue at face-value. Each problem has its own set of causes, puzzling together into an issue that's more complex every time you look at it! It's like a cake--there are lots and lots of ingredients that go into the cake, but you REALLY have to know your stuff--observe, ask "why"--to become familiar with the whole recipe. Read more

Katie - Choosing One Problem

Hi everybody!

During this week, I performed more research and brainstormed possible solutions for my three problems. I eventually developed a plausible solution for each concern, and began focusing on one idea. It was a challenging process to pick one out of the three I had selected, but I eventually decided on a single problem to focus on for the rest of the summer. Read more

Aishani- Decisions, Decisons

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
― Albert Einstein

And that is EXACTLY how I felt this week while digging deep into science websites in search of information on my 3 topics. Read more

Srijay - On Working

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
~Henry Ford

With help from Dr. Jonza and help from my mentor at home, Ted, I have started work on the project. However, no project runs perfectly. Read more

Peyton - The Big 3

The Miami Heat have their "Big Three".  Harry Potter has Harry, Ron, and Hermoine.  And Newton discovered the Three Laws of Motion.

Over the past week, I have been observing problems, identifying their causes, and researching potential solutions all in an effort to narrow the list of problems on which to work to my "Big Three".  I started with eight problems and narrowed the list to three which I felt were the most impactful and provided the best opportunity to solve using science. Read more

Srijay - On Finding an Idea

Cobb: What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.

-Inception

Dominick Cobb was right. When an idea gets hold of you all you want to do is develop it. Read more

Katie - Narrowing Down to Three Topics

Hi everybody!

During the past week I made observations regarding problems affecting us today and learned very interesting information from my research about a slew of different topics. I eventually constructed a list of eight problems that I believe are important to the welfare of humanity. Read more

Edward - "On-young-ha-sae-yo!" Welcome to South Korea!

Hello Everybody!

It has already been one week since the challenge kicked off, and I am enjoying every part of it.

Right now I am in South Korea! Read more

Daniel - The Motives of a Scientist

Last week, I selected eight observations from the news and identified the problems behind them. This was very time consuming because the news is mostly about sports and celebrities instead of problems that may be solved with scientific solutions. I did not find it difficult to narrow down my project options to three because I know which ones have the greatest potential to change the world, and the ones that I am most interested in. Read more

My Final Blog Post :'(

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

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