A very important part of this journey has been the research that has gone into it. I have learned that without conducting research properly I would not have reached where I have.
In the beginning, I was asking complicated questions based on what I knew and what I wanted to find out, but it didn't give me the specific results I was looking for. As I have been working with my mentor, she has taught me how to refine my researching skills by asking a series of simple questions. By asking simple questions, I’m more likely to find the information I’m looking for and get more sources that give me a variety of different perspectives on one answer. From there, I now have some more background knowledge on which to base my next question.
The hardest part of the research is evaluating sources to determine which are actually reliable. I have found that the most important part about doing all of this research is keeping it organized and documenting everything so that I can reference it as I continue research and experimentation.
Asking these simple questions has helped me find more background on my question, so I can specify exactly what I want to do. It has also helped me find a basis for my hypotheses and a pretty good way to predict what my experimentation will verify. Research has also helped me determine exactly what materials will and will not work and which materials are too dangerous or expensive versus those that are feasible for use. At this stage in my work, it has been helping me during my experimentation by shedding light on what has been done and has worked as an experimental design and what should and should not be replicated as a method for experimentation.

Until Next Time,
This is Jai-Signing Off