Well, the second week is almost over. I’ve made a considerable amount of progress on my project. The first step in the process is to make observations and figure out the problem causing them. I thought this would be easy, but it was a lot harder than it seemed. Although I kept an eye open for all sorts of problems during my day, not restricting them to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy, or make a difference, I still didn’t manage to come up with a lot of problems.
To solve that problem (haha!), I asked my friends and family members what frustrated them during their days. I ended up with a much larger flood of problems that I could try to come up with solutions to. This shows that scientists can’t just live in isolation and solve problems on their own. They must communicate with others in order to achieve a wider view of the world, and see things from multiple perspectives so that they can come up with the solution that best helps the population as a whole.
To illustrate this, my original problems only dealt with my specific annoyances. Since not many people share my problems, solutions to those problems would only help people like me. However, by asking my parents, I could help people who were like them as well. Being adults, they represent a larger portion of the population, so I could help more people with my solution.
See? Already the YSC summer project is providing me with insights about the innovation process. In addition to scientists collaborating with each other on their findings in experimental and theoretical science, inventing things requires a lot of communication as well. It never would have crossed my mind before just how important communication is in science.