Tip Tuesday: Innovation Can Happen Anywhere

Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world," and we agree! Imagination and creativity are key to a successful Young Scientist Challenge entry.

Here is a thought starter to help get your creativity flowing: How could you use an item you already have in your home to address the problem you want to solve?

Look at 2016 Top Young Scientist Maanasa Mendu, for example. She used a fan, 2-Liter soda bottle and leftover foam pieces as parts of her final project. Or how about 2015 finalist Peter Finch who used a wooden plank and three wooden pegs to build his Helping Hand invention? Or 2016 finalist Kaien Yang who used Halloween pumpkins as the basis of his winning idea?

As you can see, you don't need a fancy lab! Great ideas can come from anywhere and household items can help bring them to life. We hope you keep this in mind as you work towards your final video submission due April 19, 2017 - you never know what may inspire your big idea!

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