Maanasa Mendu-Closing post

Hello fellow scientists,

Here is my 6th and final blog post! This has been an amazing journey, and a great learning experience. It seems as if just yesterday I received the phone call, and now I'm 1 week away from the final presentation. Although, I am very excited for the final event and meeting all the other finalists, I am disappointed that this summer mentorship program is coming to an end.

My top 3 of the entire journey would be:

  1. Working with my amazing 3M mentor, Mrs. Marguax Mitera (SHOUTOUT TO MY MENTOR)
  2. Watching the evolution, and application of my prototype
  3. Receiving feedback from other 3M specialists

Along the way, I have learned so much about the process of innovation. Innovation is more than just a lightbulb moment, it's rather a continuous expansion very much like our universe. I've began to realize the truth in the saying, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration-Thomas Alva Edison." Whether testing for the hundredth time, researching for hours, or perfecting a presentation-nothing ever comes without hard work. One of the things, I am most proud of is keeping a constant recording of my project (journal) every week. If I were to do it again, I would try to spend less time contemplating different ideas.  

I would like to take a moment and thank everyone who made this amazing experience possible.

Thanks Mrs. Mitera for your time, support, and great advice!

Thanks to all the other 3M specialists who gave feedback on my innovation.

Thanks to my parents and sister for their constant support!

Finally, thank you Discovery Education and 3M for sponsoring this amazing opportunity! Best of luck to all the other finalists, tune in to the live broadcast-October 18th, 11 am ET

Don't forget a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step! Take your single step and find an idea you love and enter the Young Scientist Challenge next year!

Here is my 6th video blog post with a reflection of the journey.

Sincerely,

Maanasa M