Posted on August 13, 2013 by Tim DeMember
Tim- Solving Problems Through (what else!) Research!
I have been working hard on the design for my project. It is fun but challenging! I enjoy figuring out a way to solve the problems that I am having. I have also done some research about the problems that I have.
The hardest part for me about gathering research is getting the right information. The research that I am doing is very specific, so it is hard to find. It is hard to search the internet for the exact things that I am looking for. Sometimes I don't find the information that I need. One time when I was having trouble creating something with my robot, I posted a video on YouTube and asked for comments. It turned out that the guy who developed the program watched my video and let me know exactly what I was doing wrong. That was pretty cool! YouTube is good because a lot of times someone does know how to solve or answer the problem, but I just have to find that person.
I think that I could not efficiently solve the problem without researching because I would not be able to answer the problems that I have just from my basic knowledge. I would also spend time doing things multiple times or repeating something that someone has already figured out.
Sometimes I just get started without looking at any research. I have ideas in my head that I write down. When I come to a problem or question, then I use research. I like to read Gizmag which has information about new innovations. A lot of times, an article in there will give me an idea about something else. I keep a notebook of sketches and ideas so that I can come back to them when I want to work on them.
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