Jaya-The Chance To Learn

Hello, everyone! My name is Jaya Choudhary, and I am a finalist in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for 2019!

I live in Canton, Michigan and I will be going to eighth grade this fall. When I’m not working on this project, I enjoy dancing, drawing, playing soccer, and reading!

Programming, robotics, and science have been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I remember joining a robotics team for the first time and creating a project to help zookeepers safely take care of zoo animals. 

Ever since then, I’ve enjoyed taking problems and seeing how I can solve it using science. Then, last year, my dad, older sister, and I heard about a competition that allowed kids our age the chance to create an innovation to help solve a world problem. That year, my elder sister competed, and she was awarded a State Merit prize. This inspired me to join, and I was ready to showcase something I worked on to make a difference in the world.

Making my video was a different experience for me. I had made videos of projects before, but in those times, I was with my team, not by myself. While doing this, I learned how to make a good slide presentation and how to edit videos. I also found out that two minutes is not a lot of time.  Fitting all my project details into a two-minute video took a lot more work(and cropping) than one would expect. Even though I faced some hurdles, I had so much fun while making the video.

I honestly did not think I would be chosen to be a finalist. I saw so many amazing innovations, and it was truly humbling to see what other kids created. When I got the call, I was so shocked and excited at the same time.

My family was so excited when we found out! Both my older and younger sisters were jumping around for a good seven minutes after we got the call, and my parents were really happy. Everyone is really supportive and with their support, I hope to do well.

I don’t know if I’ll win, but I know for sure I will learn a lot from this challenge, and not just about science. 

 Here’s a quote to keep you(and me) learning:


“Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You're not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you're at peace with yourself. Learning life's lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.”

- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


And with that, it’s time to say goodbye!

See you next time,

- Jaya