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Aishani- The Never-ending Process

Hey everyone!
Wow- time really does seem to fly quickly! With the end of August rolling in, some of us have another exciting thing to look for- a new school year! I'll be expecting new, different challenges, such as juggling my school work and YSC project, and I'm definitely looking forward to my last year in middle school =)
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Brooke - Brainstorm Breakthrough!

Hi Young Science Fanatics!

Over these past weeks, I have been very busy contemplating what to do for my project.  It’s one thing to be able to observe problems in our world and consider ways to solve them, but another to narrow down a list of possible solutions.  First, you must ask yourself which of your brainstormed ideas are actually possible to create.  Read more

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

Anish- Only One Problem...

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

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

My summer mentorship journey so far

So far my summer mentorship program has been going great and I've learned so much about science and my passion for science, engineering, technology, and math has swelled to greater proportions. The best part about the process so far has probably been bouncing ideas off of my mentor and beginning to think like a scientist. The most challenging part of my summer mentorship program has been having to think outside the box about innovations and how to test them. It was really challenging to begin thinking about innovations for this competition instead of the typical university research that I do for science fairs. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Week 9

I will upload a new video blog when I get my materials next week!

As of now, this is just pretty much writing. So far the best part of the process so far has been the research. There are so many different ways people could use a potential product and each approach has its own unique quality. When I get my prototype parts then it'll take me quite a while to program and to get it functionally operating within a few weeks. In the mean time, I will start building my presentation as I've had a great deal of time to think about my innovation and expand it. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Week 7

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I spent a few hours doing research on my innovation and realized that the hardest part about gathering information was finding what types of technologies were available. For the most part, I felt that my initial approach to solving the problem was simple and effective. Yet, as I dug deeper I discovered there were more technologies that were more effective and more practical. Without research, one can think of only one solution. It may seem great that someone has discovered a solution to a problem but this limits the person to only one option. Read more

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