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Katie - The Scientific Process

Hi everybody!

I think the best part of the process so far has been experimentation, because it's interesting to break new ground and make new discoveries. Read more

Peyton- A Prototype Is Worth A Thousand Words

Words cannot describe how exciting it was to finish the first rough prototype of my idea. Suddenly the idea that I had designed on paper was no longer theoretical; it was tangible.  And I gained more insight from seeing, feeling, and testing the three-dimensional rough prototype than I would have learned from writing 1000 more words about the design. Read more

Tim- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Hey guys!

This whole experience has been amazing! I've had tons of fun.

I think that the best part of this has been working with my mentor to solve problems. It is cool to see both of our approaches to the problem. Read more

Daniel- Reflections on the Process

So far, the best, and most difficult, portion of the project has been data collection. Collecting data is time-consuming; however, it is definitely worth the effort. After all, who does not enjoy a good experiment? Read more

Reeny! Adventurous Inventor!

I'm on my way to 3M Headquarters!!!!!

Now that my invention is getting closer and closer to being invented, I'm starting to see that everything I've been doing has been part of a quest. But at the end of my quest, there's no treasure--like most heroic quests, my journey ends with doing my part to make the world a better place.
And also like most journeys, the biggest challenge is finding out where you have to go, and how to get there. For me, this involved a lot of tough decisions and research into unknown territory, but in the end I learned that having a clear view of your goal is very important to succeed Read more

Edward- Reflecting...

Hello Everybody!

The Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge has been such an amazing experience so far. I have learned so much during this summer in the collaboration with my 3M mentor, Dr. Thunhorst. I also had the pleasure to meet Dr. Haugen, a 3M fuel cell specialist, who has given expert advice as well. Read more

Aishani- Getting Ready To Experiment

Hey everyone!

These past weeks have truly been filled with hours of planning, designing, and hard work! I realized that before you can get to the hands-on part of the scientific journey, you have to plan out your experiment. But that's the easy part, right? Wrong. In the beginning of the process, it had seemed to me that the planning part of my experiment was the easiest and least time consuming. Read more

Katie - Performing Research

This week, I performed more research on my idea to determine if it would be possible, with satisfactory results.  I find it very difficult to solve a problem if I have not gathered the appropriate information first. You need a wide knowledge base to solve a complex problem. Read more

Brooke - Formalizing Curiosity

What a fun week of research!

Now that I have an idea for a way to cure an everyday challenge, I have to do some in-depth research to narrow down what it is specifically that I’m creating.  It’s very hard to solve a problem without studying it first, because research is what allows you to understand the problem and prompt your thinking toward creating the solution.  Read more

Daniel- Research

This week, I collected information that may benefit the remainder of my project.

It would be nearly impossible to conduct any experiment without research to provide background information necessary to create a hypothesis, or educated prediction of the test results. It is often useful to know detailed information about your topic in order to avoid “discovering” facts that are already known. Read more

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