WHERE TO WATCH
The 13-Year-Old Trying to Make Renewable Energy More Efficient
June 30, 2017
Discovery Education & 3M team up for the "Young Scientist Challenge", getting students to use science and technology to try to solve the world's biggest challenges.
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Oct 23, 2017
Changing the World Through Science
Gitanjali Rao, winner of the 3M and Discovery Education "Young Scientist Challenge," and her mentor Karen Shafer stop by for an interview after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. They discuss the mission of the competition: to nurture young scientists while tackling the problems of today. 11-year-old Rao created a sensor device that tests for lead in water. Rao discusses the inspiration behind the device, and Shafer talks about what it was like working with the young scientist on the project. Gitanjali demos the device live on air, noting that her inspiration for the project came from the crisis in Flint, Michigan. She adds that she saw her parents testing their home's water for lead and realized how inefficient the process was. Shafer notes how much she has valued mentoring these young minds, the people she calls the future of science. Gitanjali named the device "Tethys," after the Goddess of Fresh Water. We ask what Gitanjali will do with the $25,000 she won as part of the competition. She adds that part of her winnings will go to developing the device but that she will also donate the money to some of the organizations she is part of, including Boy Scouts of America. We talk with the young scientist about her future. Rao hopes to go to MIT for college and is considering becoming a geneticist or epidemiologist.
Sep 14, 2017
3M on Bringing Design Thinking to Business and Innovation
3M is the global brand known best for Post-It Notes and Scotch Tape. Chief Design Officer Eric Quint joins Cheddar to discuss how company is using 'design thinking,' a creative problem-solving approach, for business and innovation. Quint shows us examples of 3M's process, including a brand experience from 3M's collaboration with Porsche Minneapolis.
Nov 17, 2017
Making a Virtual Discovery
Addison O'Dea, writer and director of the new virtual reality show "Discovery TRVLR," discusses his use of the technology. The series takes "travelers" across the globe with help from a virtual reality headset. O'Dea discusses the impact the technology has on the art of filmmaking and how immersive the experience becomes for both the subject and the viewer. He calls a virtual reality camera a "truth machine" adding that it forces him as a director to almost take a backseat in the process because it captures things as they happen. We discuss the casting of the show, as each episode follows a different person with a specific role in their community. The characters are labeled in the series as "explorers," "guru," and "entertainer," depending on their occupation. O'Dea talks the future of VR when it comes to making media and his current focus on using the medium in upcoming projects.