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ANTHONY - NARROWING, ELIMINATING AND SELECTING THE SOLUTION

Hello everyone,
 
I am starting to begin trying to solve my problem I have decided on, however, I had to go through long steps of narrowing down my list of problems.

To begin with a topic to start working on, I had to come up with a list of potential ideas that could be the topic of my research. Read more

MYTHRI - TO CHOOSE OR NOT TO CHOOSE, THAT IS THE DECISION

Oh, the pain of doing the daunting duty of decision making when you are in love with every problem that presents an opportunity to innovate! Which of the eight problems that I had identified through careful observations must I shortlist? I spent endless hours pondering this question as I tried to compile the list of my top three invention topics. Since all eight of my first list of problems captured my interest equally, picking three of them was an incredibly challenging and engrossing task. Read more

DAVID - NARROWING DOWN MY CHOICES

Early this week I started thinking of problems I could solve for my final project. I realized how many problems that are out there. Many problems haven't even been identified. I created a list of problems that I thought were important and made a big impact on the world. My list was very long so I took a look at everything and decided which ones I would be able to solve in the time I had. By doing that, I narrowed my list down to eight problems. I looked at the problems again and  chose three out of the eight that I already had possible solutions to. Read more

ANDREW - THINKING LIKE A SCIENTIST

This has been a very exciting past couple weeks. I have come up with many great ideas in my scientist’s notebook. I realized that some of the problems affect millions of people, such as the current water shortage in California, and some fewer people, like losing a pet. After many hours of research and brainstorming, I had finally picked my top 3 ideas. It was very hard to narrow my list to three, but I finally did it.  After thinking like a 3M scientist for a week, these are the ways I narrow down problems: Read more

NIKITA - STARTING WITH THE CONCEPTS

Enjoying the beach and thinking of natural materials in architecture

I finally came back from an epic summer vacation and I’m ready to do my project! Read more

NIKITA - BEFORE THE TOP TEN

 

It was really nice communicating with and getting to know my mentor this week!

I actually found this contest being inspired by my older sister who just recently had won a few science competitions for high schoolers. She made me want to go to a great college and win a scholarship like her. So my parents and I started to look for different scholarships for middle school and I found the young scientist challenge. Read more

KATHERINE - CHOSEN AS A FINALIST IN YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE


I first learned about the Young Scientist Challenge from an article in the Washington Post last year when they announced last year’s winners from our region. When I made the device this year to proactively prevent drowsy driving I thought maybe I could give it a try. Read more

MYTHRI - MY MEMORABLE MOMENT ... A 3M DISCOVERY

Hello! My name is Mythri Ambatipudi, and I am from San Jose, California. What an eventful summer I am having so far! I recently returned from India where I was visiting my grandparents. India is a whole different country, almost like another world. But in a way, it was not so different because 3M's influence could be felt even there, from my grandfather's scotch tape to my grandmother's post it notes. While I was there, I received the thrilling news about being selected as a finalist. I couldn't believe it! Read more

DAVID - MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

I have always been fascinated with technology, but I started to get really interested in science over the last two years. I actually entered the Young Scientist Challenge two years ago with an invention made to conserve water for public restrooms. Even though I didn't place, I told myself never to give up and entered again this year. I think perseverance is very important in science and technology research. As the famous saying goes, "You fail your way to success." Read more

ANDREW - GREAT WAY TO START THE SUMMER!

When I first found out about the Discovery Eduction 3M Young Scientist Challenge on the Discovery Education Techbook that my school uses, I knew it would be the perfect contest for me. I was inspired to participate in the contest because I knew it would be fun, a chance for me to create my own project, and learn many new things in the process. Read more

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