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Young Scientist Challenge Blog 4: Research

While researching certainly isn't the most enjoyable part of doing a project, it is one of the most important requirements for a successful outcome. Even if you are fairly knowledgable about the topic you are working with, solving specific problems you will encounter will be impossible without seeking more information. As I thought more and more about my project, I realized that there were many gaps and question marks within my plan because I didn't know enough information about my topic. Through research, I now feel more confident in what I am doing, and more sure about the direction that I am heading in. Read more

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Young Scientist Challenge Week 5

Choosing one problem and solution took a great deal of time and energy. The solution had to be practical, available to the public and innovative. It took a while for me to realize that there are two main solutions in the world. One solution is simple, addresses the problem and effectively fixes it. The other solution is high-tech and new. In some cases, people like simple solutions because they are more readily available and cause less problems. In other cases, people like fancy solutions because they are new and appeal to curiosity, much like smartphones. Read more

Divya - YSC Opening Blog

Hi Everybody!

I haven’t been posting blogs for a while because I was in Duke TIP at North Carolina taking a course on Modern Medicine. It was a lot of fun, but now I’m really excited to start working on my invention for YSC.

I heard about YSC from my gifted class Science teacher. She was my mentor for several other science competitions and had suggested that I participate in YSC too.

After learning more about this competition, it seemed like a lot of fun coming up with an invention and making a video about it. None of the other science competitions that I participated required a video submission.  It was all about providing details about the project in the form of a written essay.  YSC sounded really interesting! Read more

Week 4:Nolan Lenard

This week has been crazy! My summer camp I've been assisting with has ended, archery camp is over, and my birthday just happened! Sunday I was in the newspaper, and Tuesday I will be on TV for FOX10! I am not free for long because Band camp is around the corner. Talk about a schedule!

Newspaper link: This was in the paper, but things have changed in the concept since this article was written.

http://blog.al.com/pr-community-news/2011/08/young_techie_12_is_in_running.html Read more

Young Scientist Challenge: Narrowing Down Ideas

At the moment, I'm in the middle of what is perhaps the most difficult part of the scientific process: choosing a topic. Basically, I have to identify a current issue in our world and brainstorm about solutions to that problem that could come about through an innovation that I will be creating. This task of deciding on an issue has proved more difficult than expected, mainly because the entire rest of my project will be based upon the foundation of this topic. After much thought and research, I realized that there are many small issues and inconveniences in our daily lives, but what I want to address are the bigger problems of our world, and how our lives play into them. I want my innovation to put a dent into issues that affect nations, economies, and the environment. I know that this may be broad thinking, but I figure that unless something is strived for, it will never be achieved. Read more

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