Meghna Behari- The First Steps
Over three years ago, I was about to enter my first ever science fair. I was presenting data I had gathered about environmental impacts of natural gas drilling, and I was thrilled. I had looked up to scientists all over the world for years, and I was so excited to finally get to present research of my own.
Even then, when I was only a beginner, I new the importance of having a thorough understanding of the topic at hand, and documenting everything I had learned and discovered while conducting my research.
I have learned so much since my first science presentation, and I have adapted lots of new routines and methods when I go about solving a problem. However, one thing that hasn't changed since my first experiment three years ago, is how much I learn about the subject before I set about finding a solution.
Before I created Aquabot, I must have read every article available on polluted, toxic, or contaminated creeks, lakes, rivers, and streams. When I decided I wanted to create a bot device to solve this crisis, I spent weeks checking to see if there was anything like this already in the world.
Every piece of new information I learned as I researched and conducted my project, I documented in my data notebook. Because I am continuing to improve Aquabot, I have been going through old notes in order to make it the best it can be by learning from what I have done in the past.
Scientists at 3M, and all over the world, spend weeks, months, or even years researching a problem they want to solve, and documenting everything they find. Without doing so, science would not be advancing every day, and we would never learn from our mistakes and our triumphs.
Neil Armstrong once said, “Research is creating new knowledge.” So remember, researching a topic before creating a solution is fundamental; you are learning more about the world around you, and eventually, others can learn from you.
Goodbye for now,
Here is a picture of me at my first science fair!