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Tim- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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This whole experience has been amazing! I've had tons of fun.

I think that the best part of this has been working with my mentor to solve problems. It is cool to see both of our approaches to the problem. Read more

Aishani- Getting Ready To Experiment

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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

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

Congratulations to the Top Ten Finalists of the 2012 Young Scientist Challenge!

From Connecticut to California, this year’s top young scientists are from all across the country.   And from soccer and Taekwondo to orchestra and movie-making, their interests are diverse too.  Yet despite their differences, they have one important thing in common:  All ten finalists love science! Read more

Video Blog 1- Shawn Farmand

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     This is my first video blog:

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Week 3 - Austin Curtis

This week we needed rainwater for testing part of my project, and in summer it's usually dry, but a sudden downpour of 4 in. was plenty of rainwater. My mentor helped me out this week with a few problems we had. Today a news reporter interviewed me and I was kind of nervous. I tried not to give too many deatails away about my project.

We've been testing some ideas and trying to decide if my final project is possible. If not I will have to pick one of my other ideas. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Blog 4: Research

While researching certainly isn't the most enjoyable part of doing a project, it is one of the most important requirements for a successful outcome. Even if you are fairly knowledgable about the topic you are working with, solving specific problems you will encounter will be impossible without seeking more information. As I thought more and more about my project, I realized that there were many gaps and question marks within my plan because I didn't know enough information about my topic. Through research, I now feel more confident in what I am doing, and more sure about the direction that I am heading in. Read more

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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

YSC Blog Post 3 -- [Cheyenne]

It was an easy process to narrow my list of problems down to three.  I simply chose the ones that excited me every time I thought about them.  However, it was harder to choose a single one to work on.  I ended up selecting the most developed one, but I could just as well have chosen a problem that I had no idea how to solve yet.  I would just have to think a bit more.

My mentor, Dr. Maria Appeaning, a chemist who specializes in adhesives, has been a huge help.  She approved my decision, and promptly sent me supplies and materials.  I couldn’t have gone far without her.

The problem that I chose requires testing of the 3M material that I will incorporate.  Although I can find a slew of information on the 3M websites, the particular parameter that I’m looking for has no information, because the material is not usually used the way I will utilize it.  Therefore, I must test them to figure out which one to use in my invention. Read more

Choosing a single idea

After observing various problems in the environment and then dreaming up solutions to them I was having a very difficult time narrowing my focus down to just one of the solutions I had thought of. I first thought of which category of science that I was interested in and then I was able to narrow my choices down to 3 problems. I then thought of which one would be the most feasible to do and which solution I could incorporate a 3M product in. Then I discussed with my mentor about one of my solutions and I came up with a single solution that I wanted to concentrate all of my attention on. I think the biggest factor in my decision was which solution I would have the most fun working on. Read more

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