Hannah - Research is Key to Problem Solving

Hello, Fellow Scientists!

Wow! This YSC journey is really flying by. I’m having so much fun!

Last year when I started my project, I conducted a ton of research about my topic. In total, I spent over four months conducting research on a variety of issues related to my idea before designing or constructing my prototype. Resisting the urge to begin testing my prototype before researching it was definitely worth all of the new information I understood through my research, and even paid off in the field when obstacles arose! (If you missed my video blog, you can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbopPbbYMzI)

This summer, I have had the opportunity to conduct research for my project in Luzern, Switzerland, and at H2O to Go camp. At H2O to Go, organization and research were both emphasized throughout the week. I learned that a substantial amount of research had to be present in order to support a solution to any idea, especially a complex idea with a broad application like mine! I also learned that organization was a key part of the scientific process, as keeping my papers and logs organized was necessary.

The past few weeks, Mr. Emslander and I have been having video conferences through Skype. I've been able to show him my prototypes and some materials that I have been obtaining. He has taught me that research plays an important role in problem solving, as it is crucial to understand what problem I am tackling before I can take it down!

Construction of my prototype is in the works, and the after reviewing the 17,000+ 3M products online, I have finally settled with my choices. I can't wait for you all to see what I've come up with!

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein

Signing off,

Mr. Emslander and I having a video conference.