Posted on August 13, 2013 by Peyton Robertson
Thomas Edison tried nearly 2000 different filaments for his light bulb before one finally worked. Bill Gates said, "It's fine to celebrate success, but even more important to heed the lessons of failure". My research over the past few weeks has enabled me to experience this lesson first-hand. Read more
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Reeney Botros
Where we're going, we don't need roads!
Before experiencing it myself, I thought invention was all about creativity. Why not? It’s definitely a huge part of it—thinking of new, unheard of ways to tackle a common problem. But, again, things aren’t always what they first appear to be. Invention, in practice, is the result of a lot of creativity paired with a TON of knowledge about both the problem itself and the science that makes up your solution. Read more
Posted on August 6, 2013 by Edward Kim
An important step to any development is good research. If good practice greatly improves the proficiency of a violinist, then good research greatly improves proficiency of a scientist. Read more
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Reeney Botros
As I struggled through a mental tug-of-war between my final three ideas, Dr. Moran suggested some questions I should ask myself. Not technical or engineering questions. Questions about the world around me. She told me to ask "why?" I realized that it is IMPOSSIBLE to just take each issue at face-value. Each problem has its own set of causes, puzzling together into an issue that's more complex every time you look at it! It's like a cake--there are lots and lots of ingredients that go into the cake, but you REALLY have to know your stuff--observe, ask "why"--to become familiar with the whole recipe. Read more
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Katie Hudek
During this week, I performed more research and brainstormed possible solutions for my three problems. I eventually developed a plausible solution for each concern, and began focusing on one idea. It was a challenging process to pick one out of the three I had selected, but I eventually decided on a single problem to focus on for the rest of the summer. Read more
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Aishani Sil
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
― Albert Einstein
And that is EXACTLY how I felt this week while digging deep into science websites in search of information on my 3 topics. Read more
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Daniel Culver
This week, I decided which project I will pursue in the Young Scientist Challenge. I chose the project with the greatest potential to preserve and improve human life.
My mentor has been an integral component of my project so far. He has given valuable advice and information about the life of a scientist, and I look forward to becoming more familiar with the culture of innovation that exists in 3M.
Up to this point, I am satisfied with the progress of my work; however, I am eager to work on the project. Read more
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Peyton Robertson
This week I picked a single problem/solution on which to focus. I used three guidelines to narrow my list down to a single idea:
Criteria For Picking the Right Idea: Read more
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Srijay Kasturi
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
With help from Dr. Jonza and help from my mentor at home, Ted, I have started work on the project. However, no project runs perfectly. Read more
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Edward Kim
Rain, rain, and rain! Korea is experiencing the monsoon season where it rains for weeks! Then, it is expected to get extremely hot and humid.
Meanwhile, the time to choose a problem and solution is already here. It is a challenging task to think of creative ideas and focus on one of them. However, I narrowed my problem and solution by considering what would be most promising for innovation. Read more