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July 2013

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

Tim - Narrowing it Down to One

Hello everyone!

Over the past week I really had to focus on the three problems that I had chosen.  First I narrowed the problems down to the top two.  It wasn't very hard to do because, even though the third problem was important, it did not have as much impact as the other two.  I thought about the two problems, and I figured out that one of those would have more impact than the other.  When it came down to choosing a problem, I chose the one that I thought would have the most impact on my community. Read more

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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

Srijay - On Finding an Idea

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.

-Inception

Dominick Cobb was right. When an idea gets hold of you all you want to do is develop it. Read more

Katie - Narrowing Down to Three Topics

Hi everybody!

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

Edward - "On-young-ha-sae-yo!" Welcome to South Korea!

Hello Everybody!

It has already been one week since the challenge kicked off, and I am enjoying every part of it.

Right now I am in South Korea! Read more

Aishani- Picking the Top Three Ideas


Hey Everyone!
As Week 2 of my summer mentorship is coming to an end, I just can't believe how fast time has flown by! I'm back from my five day vacation to Florida (impressive scenery over there!), so now I can direct my full attention towards my project. :) Read more

Daniel - The Motives of a Scientist

Last week, I selected eight observations from the news and identified the problems behind them. This was very time consuming because the news is mostly about sports and celebrities instead of problems that may be solved with scientific solutions. I did not find it difficult to narrow down my project options to three because I know which ones have the greatest potential to change the world, and the ones that I am most interested in. Read more

Brooke - Reason, Observation, & Experience

Hello again, science enthusiasts!

I’ve been really busy observing and researching over the past week.  It’s always such an eye-opener to think about problems that we all face in our everyday lives and brainstorm possible solutions.  It was difficult to narrow down my list!  There are so many different opportunities for new innovation in every observation.  However, I was finally able to select my top three ideas. Read more

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Anish - What Am I Going To Fix?

Hello Fellow Scientists,

It’s good to be back and working on my project! My New York vacation gave me a lot of inspiration on ideas for this summer's project, so I couldn't wait to start! Read more

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Tim- Chosing the Big Three

Hi again! Over the past week I have been working on making observations about problems, why they happen, and picking the  most important ones to focus on. My innovation will (in theory) solve all of these problems, but it was challenging to narrow it down to three to work on and solve with my innovation. Eventually, after some thought, I found the three that  I wanted to use.

I believe that 3M scientists are motivated by the fact that they are making something new that will help many people. I always enjoy knowing that my invention can make a difference. Read more

Reeny- Weather Update: BrainStorms Rolling In—Crazy Hair Days Ahead!!!

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. --Albert Einstein

Good thing that Mr. Einstein and I agree on that one!  Because I think imagination is gonna be the key to developing my innovat Read more

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Daniel - Getting Started

I completed this project because I have a passion for science and engineering that can be applied to problems that exist around the world, such as carbon monoxide poisoning. However, my teacher encouraged me to enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. I knew that participation in the Young Scientist Challenge would enhance my critical thinking skills and improve my scientific knowledge, so I decided to create my video. Read more

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Anish- Start Your Engines!!!

Hello Fellow Scientists,

I got a much awaited call a couple weeks ago (eventhough I remember it like it was yesterday) from Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. I made it into the TOP 10!!! Read more

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Peyton--An Amazing Opportunity

Hi everyone.  I'm Peyton from Florida.  A few weeks ago I received an exciting call from the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge notifying me that I had been accepted as a finalist.   Being selected is truly an honor.  I am extremely thankful to Discovery Education and 3M for sponsoring this competition, feel very privileged to have this opportunity, and I'm super excited to visit the 3M headquarters in October. Read more

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Srijay - My Story

In December of 2012 I found out about Arduino. I wanted to build an Arduino so I took up the task of building my invention. I went to this place called Nova Labs and talked to a man named Ted there. Ted helped me build the Arduino and laser cut some parts for me. After that one of my friend's mom found out about the competition a couple of weeks before the competition. Read more

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Brooke - Wonderful Opportunity!

Hi! My name is Brooke Martin and I am one of the 2013 Finalists for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge!!  I am 13 years old and live in Spokane, Washington.

I heard about the challenge through my school and was really excited about it!  I had already been working on developing an idea I had, so I thought it would be really fun to enter it in the competition!  Read more

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Katie - Excited To Be Getting Started!

Hi everyone! I'm really excited to be in this challenge!

I was inspired to enter this contest because I've always loved science and considered it exciting and fun. When I read about computational biology and bioinformatics in my biology textbook, my interest was piqued and I decided to explore these new fields of science for my project. I also heard about the worldwide HIV epidemic and had a deep desire to help treat and cure this devastating disease. Read more

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Tim- The Young Scientist Challenge Journey

Hi everyone! My Young Scientist Challenge journey has been awesome so far. I got to meet my mentor on the phone the other night and he is super cool. Here I have a little recap of what has happened from the beginning. Read more

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Reeny- "Operator, dial 3M for Science"

On the phone with Dr. Moran!!!On the phone with Dr. Moran!!!

My mentor is the COOLEST!!! Last night for the first time, I talked on the phone with her--she's a crazy-smart scientist and fellow fashionista! Read more

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Aishani- A Dream Come True!

Hi everyone- this is Aishani, from Texas. I have always had aspirations of being mentored by a scientist, and I still can't believe that my dream has come to reality! I am extremely thankful to Discovery Education and 3M for coming together and giving children the grand opportunity of developing their passion for science and math. I am very excited to work with my mentor and learn a lot throughout my journey- this is indeed the experience of a lifetime! Read more

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Edward - Hello Everybody!

Hello Everybody!

This is Edward, and I am very excited for the upcoming weeks! I would like to thank Discovery Education and 3M for sponsoring this wonderful competition/program.

My interest has always been toward science and math, and when my science teacher introduced me to this challenge, I was enthralled to participate.   Read more