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Young Scientist Challenge

Making Observations

So far the competition has been going great! I have already become even more excited about science than I already was. I have been making observations about the world around me and trying to think about what is the problem and what sort of innovation I could make to help fix it. I have already learned so much about science because my observations range from microbiology to civil engineering and all in between. I think that this is the greatest opportunity for science that anyone in the world could have. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Week 1

Hello from hot Southern California! The past month or so I spent my time worrying about what I would do this summer when the people at the YSC informed me that I would be participating in this summer's mentorship/innovation program which would finally give me something to do. It was a thrilling moment and a nice way to end my middle school adventure.

I first heard about the Young Scientist Challenge from my seventh grade teacher and Science Olympiad coach, Mrs. Driscoll, who had also informed one of my close friends about the Challenge also. Yet that year, I didn't think that my science fair project would be decent enough to participate in a national competition. With inspiration, I decided to make a video and spent countless hours trying different innovations and illustrating their possible impacts. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Opening Blog

When I first heard about the Young Scientist Challenge through a local science fair, I immediately recognized it as the kind of program that I wanted to be a part of. It included the aspects of science that I had always felt were missing from the classroom: true discovery, innovation, and creativity. I was excited about the prospect of truly creating something unique and useful, as well as the idea of producing  a short movie about what I designed. I guess to sum it all up, I was inspired to enter the Young Scientist Challenge because I had an idea and this contest gave me the opportunity and freedom to share it. Read more

Nolan Lenard - July 7th

Hello! This is Nolan Lenard. Welcome to my blog. This is my first one!

This summer, I've been helping out a lot at my school's summer camp in the computer lab. It's quite an experience to learn how the young child's mind works. There's a kid in the class that complains about the mouse being reversed, and when you look his mouse is upside-down! He just keeps doing it!

Every now and then I forget that I am a finalist in the Young Scientist Challenge. When I remember again I feel like I have won all over again. I am so grateful to be in this competition. I was concerned that my video seemed more like an idea for an app than a product.  I have a feeling that the final competition will be even more challenging. Read more

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Very excited to be a top 10 finalist. I am grateful to my science teacher Mr.Cornaby for suggesting my involvement in this project.

Making the video was a learning experience. I had no idea what to do when I was presented with the project, but I brainstormed and eventually came up with an idea.

I am very excited about these next coming months. Read more

Week 1 - Austin Curtis

 My mom and dad inspired me to enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. I wasn't sure if I should enter, but they encouraged me to enter. Last fall, I asked my dad to make me a laboratory in our basement garage. I have a computer and a lab desk to build new things. We used the lab as the background in my video.

I was worried that I would sound weird, or look funny, but the final video turned out better than I expected. My dad and I made a script and wrote parts of it on a dry erase board so we could film bits at a time. Then, we put it together on our computer. We had to cut out a lot, because two minutes is not a lot of time to explain something. Read more

YSC Blog Post 1 - Cheyenne

Hello, all!  This is my blog, in which I will be documenting my summer innovation project.  This is a very unique process for me, as I have never systematically "innovated" anything.

Since it's had a little while to sink in already, I don't get a rush of excitement every time someone mentions 3M or Discovery Education.  However, it's still overwhelming that I am one of the ten finalists from the nation.  When I received the phone call notifying me that I was a finalist, I spent several days half-expecting another call to come, saying that there was an error.  But now I'm extremely eager to get started on the project. Read more

Week 1- Shawn Farmand

I have been interested in different fields of science and research all of my life. After I won first place in my school science fair, The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition, and a First Honorable Mention at the Montgomery County Research Competition for my experiment in sound  barriers, the science fair organizer  e-mailed me the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge link. I looked it up online and was amazed by the whole idea of it, so I decided to enter! Read more

Week 1- Braeden Benedict

Welcome, everybody, to the Young Scientist Challenge Blog!

I will be posting to this blog throughout the summer, keeping you updated on my summer project. I’m very excited to be one of the top ten finalists for the Young Scientist Challenge sponsored by Discovery Education and 3M.

Day 1 Introduction Part 1

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YSC Opening Blog Post - Jack Andraka

I am so excited to be a finalist for this competition! I was inspired to enter this competition after my science teacher told me about the challenge since I am extremely passionate about science and math.

Making the video was so exciting because I learned so many new concepts in science and math. It was really enjoyable to discover how to present to the world my solution and it was fascinating to see all of these new experiences while creating my movie. I was so nervous while I waited for the announcement of the winners and when I got the call I was so happy I was jumping up and down because I had worked so hard and I could now discuss this science with the world's leading innovators. Read more


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