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Divya - Blog 3

Once I narrowed down my ideas to three, it was fairly simple to choose one topic to pursue. This is because one of my ideas was extremely complicated to implement (though very interesting) and another had an alternative solution that was already invented (Someone else who thought just like me :P ).

After choosing my topic, I performed additional research and found out that my solution could serve several different purposes. This additional information helped add the “awe” factor to my idea and made me certain that I had chosen the right one. Read more

Week 3- Braeden Benedict

It’s good to be back and once again working on my project. Summer seems to be flying by! Less than two months are left until the main event in October. I can’t wait!

For me, narrowing down to one problem was not hard because I was unsure of which of my three options to pick. It was hard because I had this feeling like there was something else out there just waiting to be invented. I felt that I was shutting a door, in a sense, to an even better idea. However, like I mentioned before, summer is flying by. I decided the smartest thing to do would be to move forward with the best option. I chose this by looking at which problem/solution was most do-able, was most new, was most testable, and was most creative. (I’ll save that other invention behind the door for another time!) Read more

Divya - Blog 2

Coming up with ideas wasn’t too difficult because there are many problems to solve in today’s society. The hard thing about this was doing the research to find out whether a solution for the problem already exists. This was the case with some of my ideas, so I had to come up with new ones.

I was excited to know that Dr. Del Langer-Anderson, an Advanced New Product Development Specialist, was going to be my mentor.  I thought it was really cool to have a scientist for a mentor. Read more

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YSC Blog Post 4 -- [Cheyenne]

Ah, research.  It is the basis for all science, yet it is also the most annoying.  However, over the years, I have learned to conduct research in an effective way.  I go to Google and search a few generic keywords.  Then I read a couple of sites and note the keywords that all the sites put an emphasis on.  I search those new, narrower keywords on Google and read as much as I can.

I have a habit of questioning anything that my sources don’t explain thoroughly.  Since I learned some physics and chemistry in 8th grade, I can actually derive the formulas myself, and see exactly why something is, rather than taking what my sources tells me for granted.  This way, I have a more thorough understanding of my topic. Read more

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Week 3 - Austin Curtis

This week we needed rainwater for testing part of my project, and in summer it's usually dry, but a sudden downpour of 4 in. was plenty of rainwater. My mentor helped me out this week with a few problems we had. Today a news reporter interviewed me and I was kind of nervous. I tried not to give too many deatails away about my project.

We've been testing some ideas and trying to decide if my final project is possible. If not I will have to pick one of my other ideas. Read more

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