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Doing research

Boiled down to one word research is tedious. You must be pretty patient in order to achieve any results from this because you have to sift through loads of information on the internet, which is anything but fast. Search engines are the best places to start especially google. You first want to look up what you are interested in on Wikipedia. Despite rumors that the information isn't very accurate it provides a great base for learning about a new topic but you should just find additional sources that back this information up. You then want to be way more specific and narrow down on what you specifically want to do and look at scientific journal articles since they describe background, procedures, and materials that were used in the experiment.

One thing is for sure you cannot solve any question without at least some research but most things require a lot of research. If you don't know something you would have to have a PhD in that area in order to design a correct experimental design to find the answer to your question, but you probably don't so just look it up. Read more

YSC Blog Post 3 -- [Cheyenne]

It was an easy process to narrow my list of problems down to three.  I simply chose the ones that excited me every time I thought about them.  However, it was harder to choose a single one to work on.  I ended up selecting the most developed one, but I could just as well have chosen a problem that I had no idea how to solve yet.  I would just have to think a bit more.

My mentor, Dr. Maria Appeaning, a chemist who specializes in adhesives, has been a huge help.  She approved my decision, and promptly sent me supplies and materials.  I couldn’t have gone far without her.

The problem that I chose requires testing of the 3M material that I will incorporate.  Although I can find a slew of information on the 3M websites, the particular parameter that I’m looking for has no information, because the material is not usually used the way I will utilize it.  Therefore, I must test them to figure out which one to use in my invention. Read more

Choosing a single idea

After observing various problems in the environment and then dreaming up solutions to them I was having a very difficult time narrowing my focus down to just one of the solutions I had thought of. I first thought of which category of science that I was interested in and then I was able to narrow my choices down to 3 problems. I then thought of which one would be the most feasible to do and which solution I could incorporate a 3M product in. Then I discussed with my mentor about one of my solutions and I came up with a single solution that I wanted to concentrate all of my attention on. I think the biggest factor in my decision was which solution I would have the most fun working on. Read more

Week 2 - Austin Curtis

I talked to my mentor for the first time this week. He was really nice. We talked about some of my project ideas. We will be talking with each other all summer.

I had to brainstorm 8 different problems as part of my project. Some were good ideas, and some are probably too hard to solve. Then I narrowed my list down to three. Eventually my mentor will help me pick the best project for this contest.

We have already ordered supplies to see if some of my solutions can actually work. I'm really excited to get to the testing phase. Read more

Making Observations

So far the competition has been going great! I have already become even more excited about science than I already was. I have been making observations about the world around me and trying to think about what is the problem and what sort of innovation I could make to help fix it. I have already learned so much about science because my observations range from microbiology to civil engineering and all in between. I think that this is the greatest opportunity for science that anyone in the world could have. Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Opening Blog

When I first heard about the Young Scientist Challenge through a local science fair, I immediately recognized it as the kind of program that I wanted to be a part of. It included the aspects of science that I had always felt were missing from the classroom: true discovery, innovation, and creativity. I was excited about the prospect of truly creating something unique and useful, as well as the idea of producing  a short movie about what I designed. I guess to sum it all up, I was inspired to enter the Young Scientist Challenge because I had an idea and this contest gave me the opportunity and freedom to share it. Read more

Nolan Lenard - July 7th

Hello! This is Nolan Lenard. Welcome to my blog. This is my first one!

This summer, I've been helping out a lot at my school's summer camp in the computer lab. It's quite an experience to learn how the young child's mind works. There's a kid in the class that complains about the mouse being reversed, and when you look his mouse is upside-down! He just keeps doing it!

Every now and then I forget that I am a finalist in the Young Scientist Challenge. When I remember again I feel like I have won all over again. I am so grateful to be in this competition. I was concerned that my video seemed more like an idea for an app than a product.  I have a feeling that the final competition will be even more challenging. Read more

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Very excited to be a top 10 finalist. I am grateful to my science teacher Mr.Cornaby for suggesting my involvement in this project.

Making the video was a learning experience. I had no idea what to do when I was presented with the project, but I brainstormed and eventually came up with an idea.

I am very excited about these next coming months. Read more

Week 1- Shawn Farmand

I have been interested in different fields of science and research all of my life. After I won first place in my school science fair, The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition, and a First Honorable Mention at the Montgomery County Research Competition for my experiment in sound  barriers, the science fair organizer  e-mailed me the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge link. I looked it up online and was amazed by the whole idea of it, so I decided to enter! Read more


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