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Young Scientist Challenge

Week 2- Braeden Benedict

Welcome back, everybody!

As we conclude Week 2 of the Summer Program, I am completely engrossed in my project. I find choosing a problem to be the toughest part of any science research project. Taking my wide range of ideas and narrowing them down to just three was especially difficult.

I’ve found an interesting way to classify the observations I have made and the problems I have seen along what I call “The Spectrum of Importance.” Read more

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Well, the second week is almost over.  I’ve made a considerable amount of progress on my project.  The first step in the process is to make observations and figure out the problem causing them.  I thought this would be easy, but it was a lot harder than it seemed.  Although I kept an eye open for all sorts of problems during my day, not restricting them to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy, or make a difference, I still didn’t manage to come up with a lot of problems.

To solve that problem (haha!), I asked my friends and family members what frustrated them during their days. I ended up with a much larger flood of problems that I could try to come up with solutions to. This shows that scientists can’t just live in isolation and solve problems on their own. They must communicate with others in order to achieve a wider view of the world, and see things from multiple perspectives so that they can come up with the solution that best helps the population as a whole. Read more

Week 2- Shawn Farmand

I had my introductory call with my mentor, Dr. Joe Oxman, last week. He is an amazing scientist with many innovations and inventions. I am very excited and lucky to be working with him. This is an amazing opportunity and all the finalists should be very proud of themselves. 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 Week 1

Hello from hot Southern California! The past month or so I spent my time worrying about what I would do this summer when the people at the YSC informed me that I would be participating in this summer's mentorship/innovation program which would finally give me something to do. It was a thrilling moment and a nice way to end my middle school adventure.

I first heard about the Young Scientist Challenge from my seventh grade teacher and Science Olympiad coach, Mrs. Driscoll, who had also informed one of my close friends about the Challenge also. Yet that year, I didn't think that my science fair project would be decent enough to participate in a national competition. With inspiration, I decided to make a video and spent countless hours trying different innovations and illustrating their possible impacts. 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 - Austin Curtis

 My mom and dad inspired me to enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. I wasn't sure if I should enter, but they encouraged me to enter. Last fall, I asked my dad to make me a laboratory in our basement garage. I have a computer and a lab desk to build new things. We used the lab as the background in my video.

I was worried that I would sound weird, or look funny, but the final video turned out better than I expected. My dad and I made a script and wrote parts of it on a dry erase board so we could film bits at a time. Then, we put it together on our computer. We had to cut out a lot, because two minutes is not a lot of time to explain something. Read more

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