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Young Scientist Challenge

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

Daniel - Deciding on a Project

This week, I decided which project I will pursue in the Young Scientist Challenge. I chose the project with the greatest potential to preserve and improve human life.

My mentor has been an integral component of my project so far. He has given valuable advice and information about the life of a scientist, and I look forward to becoming more familiar with the culture of innovation that exists in 3M.

Up to this point, I am satisfied with the progress of my work; however, I am eager to work on the project. Read more

Peyton - Guidelines For Picking One Problem/Solution

This week I picked a single problem/solution on which to focus.  I used three guidelines to narrow my list down to a single idea:
Criteria For Picking the Right Idea: 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

Edward - Not Brainstorming, I'm Brain-monsooning!

Hello Everybody!

Rain, rain, and rain! Korea is experiencing the monsoon season where it rains for weeks! Then, it is expected to get extremely hot and humid.

Meanwhile, the time to choose a problem and solution is already here. It is a challenging task to think of creative ideas and focus on one of them. However, I narrowed my problem and solution by considering what would be most promising for innovation. 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

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