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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



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

Week 5- Shawn Farmand

After starting some of my experiments I realized that I needed more accurate results, so I asked my school district (Methacton) if I can borrow their microscope and precision scale. Hopefully I will get them this week. I am very happy they will be providing me with these instruments. While I have already done some experiments, I will be restarting them so I can have much more accurate results. I have also ordered a pH meter, accurate up to 0.01pH, as opposed to pH strips, accurate up to 2.5pH. Dr. Oxman has also sent me some more materials that I can use while I continue to build my prototype.  Read more


Divya - Blog 2

Coming up with ideas wasn’t too difficult because there are many problems to solve in today’s society. The hard thing about this was doing the research to find out whether a solution for the problem already exists. This was the case with some of my ideas, so I had to come up with new ones.

I was excited to know that Dr. Del Langer-Anderson, an Advanced New Product Development Specialist, was going to be my mentor.  I thought it was really cool to have a scientist for a mentor. Read more


YSC Blog Post 4 -- [Cheyenne]

Ah, research.  It is the basis for all science, yet it is also the most annoying.  However, over the years, I have learned to conduct research in an effective way.  I go to Google and search a few generic keywords.  Then I read a couple of sites and note the keywords that all the sites put an emphasis on.  I search those new, narrower keywords on Google and read as much as I can.

I have a habit of questioning anything that my sources don’t explain thoroughly.  Since I learned some physics and chemistry in 8th grade, I can actually derive the formulas myself, and see exactly why something is, rather than taking what my sources tells me for granted.  This way, I have a more thorough understanding of my topic. Read more


Week 4- Shawn Farmand

What is science without research? The answer is simply nothing! Without research, there would be nothing to base any knowledge off of.  Researching plays a key role in the scientific process, as without it, there would be nothing to experiment.

Back in the day, people weren't as privileged as the new generation to just sit in a chair, type something on a computer, and have loads of information pop up in seconds! They might have had to go to the other side of the country to find one book! Now, we know so much more and it is all because of research. That, in my opinion, is why science has gained more in the last 20 years, than in the last 200,000 years! Read more

Doing research

Boiled down to one word research is tedious. You must be pretty patient in order to achieve any results from this because you have to sift through loads of information on the internet, which is anything but fast. Search engines are the best places to start especially google. You first want to look up what you are interested in on Wikipedia. Despite rumors that the information isn't very accurate it provides a great base for learning about a new topic but you should just find additional sources that back this information up. You then want to be way more specific and narrow down on what you specifically want to do and look at scientific journal articles since they describe background, procedures, and materials that were used in the experiment.

One thing is for sure you cannot solve any question without at least some research but most things require a lot of research. If you don't know something you would have to have a PhD in that area in order to design a correct experimental design to find the answer to your question, but you probably don't so just look it up. Read more


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