Hello Science Enthusiasts!
It has been a few weeks since I received the much anticipated phone call from the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (YSC), and I cannot wait to visit the 3M headquarters in October! I had my first discussion with my mentor Dr. Jonza yesterday. It was really inspiring to hear him talk about his inventions and research projects and how he was motivated to work in the field of science. I feel fortunate to be able to work with him as I create my new invention.
I first learned about YSC as I was searching for science competitions online. I am very passionate about science and I love to compete; the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge seemed like the perfect competition for me. I first participated in this competition when I was in 7th grade (last year) and my entry won the State Merit Award for an invention that used magnetorheological fluid for reducing accident fatalities. YSC gave me the opportunity to showcase my passion for science and my hobby of video making. If you would like to watch another winning video that I made for the 2012 C-Span StudentCam, you can view it here: http://studentcam.viddler.com/videos/watch.php?id=aefd6389
Making the YSC entry video for my new invention was once again exciting. I had put a lot of time and effort into this project and knew that I had done my best. After I submitted my entry, I waited anxiously for the announcement. The phone call came minutes after my eighth grade graduation ceremony. With all the commotion around me I could barely believe what I was hearing. When the good news finally soaked in, I was overwhelmed with joy!
Being selected as a finalist is truly an honor. I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity and will definitely make the best out of it. I am extremely thankful to Discovery Education and 3M for sponsoring this competition and giving young innovators like myself the chance to express our creativity. If I were to win the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”, I would use it as a platform to motivate other students to learn more about science, explore, innovate and create. After all, “The science of today is the technology of tomorrow” ~Edward Teller.
Me taking a picture with my new 3M Camcorder Projector!