Daniel - Observations & Problem

Hi Guys,

My name is Daniel Thomas from Colleyville, Texas. Thanks for visiting my 3M Discovery Young Scientist Challenge blog. I’m excited to take you on the journey that I’ll be going through as a finalist. I’ll be heading into 9th grade in the upcoming school year. My hobbies are swimming, reading, video games, and Scouting. 

I’m very excited to be a 3M Discovery Young Scientist finalist and can’t wait to learn and explore as real scientists do. My 3M mentor is Mr. Jeff Emslander. He has been with 3M for 37 years and holds 36 patents. I meet with him every week. It’s amazing to see how he thinks and solves problems. He also has a great sense of humor. This is an incredible opportunity for me and I still can’t believe I'm getting to participate in this.

Innovation and Research:

  1. Find a problem you want to solve.
  2. Look around you. Look around your house, your backyard, at your school, on the way to school, etc. Find something that interests you, something you are curious about no matter what it is. 
  3. Then start looking it up and see what information you find. First, do a quick web search, then read about the topic and any scientific articles you can find. By reading about it you’ll be able to find out if it’s a problem others have or if there is interest in the topic. 
  4. Did your research provide you with an idea or solution?
  5. Can you test the idea or solution?
  6. Share your ideas with your teachers and see what they think. Their input will be invaluable.

You’ll start to notice that as you look into the topic and the more you read, it will open more doors for you to follow. Follow each one and you’ll find a wealth of information.

Here are some FAQs about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge.