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David

DAVID - WRAPPING UP

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.

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DAVID - RUNNING EXPERIMENTS

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

DAVID - DECIDING ON MY FINAL PROJECT

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

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

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