Samu - Creating Change

Check out my final video blog on my Young Scientist Challenge summer mentorship.

What was your favorite part?

Going back through everything I’ve done over the past couple of months, there have been so many key and transformative moments for me personally that it’s hard to pick out just one or two to label as my favorite. I feel as though the entire process itself of gaining and applying newfound understandings of science and innovation, especially through the lens of solving a relevant modern-day problem, has been especially compelling for me as a big-time dreamer and enthusiast of technology. In my last post I talked a little about how it was just absolutely amazing watching my ideas and concepts develop throughout my project, but looking back at it now it’s been especially remarkable to see how that process has in turn helped me grow individually in the way that I work and overall as a developer.

What did you learn about innovation along the way?

A fundamental lesson this entire venture has really ingrained within me, concerning both innovation and various aspects of life, has been the fact that change won’t occur on its own regard. To be more precise, innovation as a whole simply cannot occur if someone—or a group of individuals—isn’t willing enough to take on the initiative to venture into the unknown and do the unthinkable, despite the risks or judgements they may receive.

Taking on such a big project, with even bigger ambitions, I’ve really come to terms with how critical mindset and execution can be when it comes down to any aspect of change. A large part of innovation and progress for me personally was first off having the will and drive to even experiment with things I knew I’d most likely reach a dead end with, and then survive with just enough resolution to keep on coming back again and again to try something a tad different. As a kid this can be particularly difficult, especially when we have no real reason to be pushing ourselves in such a way other than the pure innate desire to create.

What part would you like to do differently if given a chance?

If I had the luxury of time, I would have loved to have expanded my application to be more modular and plugin-oriented. The whole idea of PBIF revolves around the idea of providing a platform for users to be able to develop and contribute their own solutions towards a universally accessible framework, and the application I created acts as only a mere proof of concept.

What does it feel like now to wait until the final event?

It’s an equal part anxiety and part excitement. There’s been so much work that I’ve done leading up to the event and I can’t wait to present it all but I can really only hope that when the time comes my presentation will be able to exhibit all the hours of effort.

Are you excited about your trip to 3M’s Innovation Center?

As someone who's always dreamed of being a pioneer in the world of technology and science, I'm more than thrilled to have the opportunity to get a sneak peek into how an industry leading corporation tackles/approaches innovation and problem solving.

It's been such an honor to have been a part of this year's 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The experiences and knowledge that I've developed over the course of working on my project has become largely invaluable and will most definitely stick with me throughout my future. I'd like to give an enormous thank you to the amazing people at 3M for making such an amazing opportunity for students even possible, and an even bigger thank you to my 8th Grade science teacher for inspiring me to take on the challenge in the first place. You rock Mrs.Chenoweth!

And lastly thank YOU, the reader, for keeping up with me throughout my adventure here this year.

With much love,

Samu Shrestha