Hello everybody! I have started to narrow my focus on my project for the 3M/Discovery mentorship program. The two things that really inspired me the most, I believe, in this program were the meeting with my mentor and the 3M website. When I first talked with my mentor, I was amazed by his knowledge and accomplishments; I would like to thank him for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to mentor me. I’m privileged to have the opportunity to work with him, and I look forward to the coming weeks!
Second, the 3M website has such a wide array of innovations – from solar cell-enhancing films to water filtration systems – that I lost track of time looking at some of them. I didn’t even realize that I had so many 3M products in my house. One thing I learned from my research was that you can reach a solution to a problem by breaking the problem down into smaller steps.
After I made a list of nine ideas for problems, I encountered the hardest part of my summer journey so far. I had good ideas for each scientific challenge, but I had to narrow down my ideas and try to solve the problem that would have the most impact on people and society. As summer progresses, I plan to develop, refine, and test my idea using the scientific process. No matter what obstacles I face, I know I can overcome them through sound reasoning and creativity.
Science is a vast subject that encompasses many problems and mysteries, of which only a few have been solved. The motivation to solve the unsolved and understand the mysterious drives scientists to invent and innovate. The idea for a problem usually starts small but often grows to something bigger. Eventually, the idea becomes an innovation that society can use to address an unsatisfied need or problem. Curiosity, too, is a major factor that promotes invention.