Posted on July 30, 2013 by Reeney Botros
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
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Katie Hudek
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
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Aishani Sil
"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
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Daniel Culver
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
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Peyton Robertson
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
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Srijay Kasturi
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
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
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Edward Kim
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
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Peyton Robertson
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
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Srijay Kasturi
Cobb: What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.
Dominick Cobb was right. When an idea gets hold of you all you want to do is develop it. Read more
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Katie Hudek
During the past week I made observations regarding problems affecting us today and learned very interesting information from my research about a slew of different topics. I eventually constructed a list of eight problems that I believe are important to the welfare of humanity. Read more