Posted on October 9, 2014 by David Cohen
Probably the most challenging part of this entire journey was breeding mosquito larvae. At times, there would be no evidence of mosquito larvae in the water. A day later I could come back and there would be hundreds of larvae floating on the surface. Two days later, I could come back and there wouldn't be anything.
Another challenging part of my journey was finding a way of mounting the electronics in a dry, waterproof place onboard the robot. I went through six prototypes trying to do just this! Read more
Posted on September 26, 2014 by David Cohen
The best part of the entire innovation process, in my opinion, is the actual building of the prototype. I like to just sit down and get my hands dirty. Working with a 3M mentor is a lot of fun. It's really nice being able to bounce ideas off of someone. The most challenging part of the entire journey so far has been dealing with live insects, which behave in ways you don't expect.
Posted on August 27, 2014 by David Cohen
I am working on a solution which helps deal with mosquitoes that may carry malaria or other diseases. Some of the key pieces of information that I needed to complete my design are not available in the current literature, so I had to conduct these experiments on my own. Dealing with live insects is especially difficult because they may move around and be difficult to collect. Most problems cannot be solved without research, especially when the problem doesn't occur near you and you have never experienced it before. Read more
Posted on August 1, 2014 by David Cohen
It's been really good having a mentor to bounce my ideas off of. I really found her advice helpful. Narrowing down my list of problems to just one wasn't too difficult. I chose the problem that seemed most important to me. So far, I have accomplished a lot, building prototypes and doing research. I am really excited to start building my final project! Read more
Posted on July 29, 2014 by David Cohen
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
Posted on July 23, 2014 by David Cohen
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