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Closing Post- Braeden Benedict

Hi everybody!

This is going to be my last blog post. This has been such a great experience for me, as I am sure it has been for all the finalists.

As I mentioned in my last video blog, my favorite part has been working on something that has real world application. I feel like my innovation has the potential to really help people. Along the way, I have learned so much about the process of innovation. I had no idea when I began how many poor ideas one must go through to find a good one. I have come to realize the truth of Thomas Edison’s saying, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” I had to put in so much hard work to make my idea work. Read more

Austin Curtis - Final Week

Hello,
This will be my last blog entry.
I've had fun doing this project over the summer (and through school) and I am excited about the trip to the finals in Minneapolis. Read more

Recognition by John

Being a top 10 finalist has taken me many places that I never thought I would be. I was interviewed on my local news network WPSD. They asked me questions about the challenge and my project. It was very exciting and interesting to watch the broadcast from the studio. Read more

Austin Curtis - Week 7

Hi this is Austin, this video is better this week because we have had success with my project. I was able to talk to my mentor for a long time last night on the phone. He used to be a boy scout and he would get dry ice and put ice cream on it and give it to his fellow boy scouts. When the presentation night comes, he will have dry ice for me to freeze my project quickly with.

My video shows how my project is coming along.

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Caroline Boschetto Video Blog #1

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YSC Blog Post 5 – [Cheyenne]

After a month of grueling, but exhilarating, math camp, I am back at home and ready to plunge my entire self into this project. This past weekend, I took my testing chamber, which had encountered a lot of building problems, to a professional welder to see if they could help me.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t, so I went to Home Depot to get some ideas.  I got more than ideas. Read more

Week 3 - Austin Curtis

This week we needed rainwater for testing part of my project, and in summer it's usually dry, but a sudden downpour of 4 in. was plenty of rainwater. My mentor helped me out this week with a few problems we had. Today a news reporter interviewed me and I was kind of nervous. I tried not to give too many deatails away about my project.

We've been testing some ideas and trying to decide if my final project is possible. If not I will have to pick one of my other ideas. Read more

Divya - YSC Opening Blog

Hi Everybody!

I haven’t been posting blogs for a while because I was in Duke TIP at North Carolina taking a course on Modern Medicine. It was a lot of fun, but now I’m really excited to start working on my invention for YSC.

I heard about YSC from my gifted class Science teacher. She was my mentor for several other science competitions and had suggested that I participate in YSC too.

After learning more about this competition, it seemed like a lot of fun coming up with an invention and making a video about it. None of the other science competitions that I participated required a video submission.  It was all about providing details about the project in the form of a written essay.  YSC sounded really interesting! Read more

Week 4- Shawn Farmand

What is science without research? The answer is simply nothing! Without research, there would be nothing to base any knowledge off of.  Researching plays a key role in the scientific process, as without it, there would be nothing to experiment.

Back in the day, people weren't as privileged as the new generation to just sit in a chair, type something on a computer, and have loads of information pop up in seconds! They might have had to go to the other side of the country to find one book! Now, we know so much more and it is all because of research. That, in my opinion, is why science has gained more in the last 20 years, than in the last 200,000 years! Read more

Young Scientist Challenge Blog 3: Deciding on a Issue/Solution

After narrowing down what current issues I wanted my invention to deal with, I was then faced with the question of how to solve them. For me, this was the fun part of my brainstorming process because I got to use creativity and imagination, and think beyond the boundaries of what has already been created and what is commonplace. In order to develop solutions to the problems I had selected, I tried to think about exactly why the issues had occurred in the first place, and what innovations could eliminate those issues. I also thought about how I could fit the solution into the average person's everyday life. When taking these things into consideration, I was able to develop stronger, more plausible solutions.  Read more

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