Hello Science Enthusiasts!
As I continue my journey through the summer mentorship program, I have come to the next step in the scientific method: research. Researching is one of the most tedious and important steps in creating an innovation. In fact, it is impossible to solve a problem without research. Before any experimental testing, it is necessary to gather as much information as possible. I have been researching the impact of the problem I am trying to solve, the cause of the problem, previous solutions and much more. I have also found that although the internet is a great source, I often resort to books and journal papers to get the information that I need.
While gathering information I have found that organization is vital. By keeping organized, I have been able to better manage my time and be more productive. Before I started my research, I obtained a 3-ringed binder which I divided into several categories. Whenever I find a new piece of information, I make sure to place it in the appropriate section of my binder. I have also been saving all of the information I have collected onto my computer. By staying organized, I can find what I need quicker and I feel like I can accomplish tasks more successfully.
Here I am reading a journal paper from my binder.
Throughout my research, I have also recognized that some of the information I have been searching for has not been reported in literature. This is probably because it has never been or done before, so I must be on to something new! I guess I’ll find out when I start my experimentation.
I’d like to end this blog with some good news. Last week I was interviewed by the New Hampshire Union Leader because of my accomplishments as a Young Scientist Challenge finalist. I would like to give a big thanks to Discovery Education, 3M, and Hunter Public Relations for giving myself and the other 9 finalists opportunities like this!