Rohan Wagh - "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"
Research is an important and long process in any science project. Without it, you wouldn't know how to solve your problem. Before any scientist tests or builds their innovations, they research as much about their subject as they can. Most of the time, the hardest part of research is finding information that supports your idea or hypothesis. Sometimes, your idea or solution has to change to fit what is practical. That’s okay. It’s all part of scientific research. Once that research is completed, a scientist must communicate his or her findings to the world. Collaborating with and learning from other scientists fosters innovation. It helps lay down a foundation to build upon. As Isaac Newton once said, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Talking to experts, like my mentor, helps me validate my ideas and direct my thinking towards a more specific goal. For example, learning from my mentor about the chemistry behind catalysts helped me think of ways to incorporate them into my design.
While researching my project I realized the true importance of staying organized. Putting my information on one document and creating a materials list helped create a faster research phase. Before this project, I did a lot of my research by leaving articles open on my computer, or saving URLs in random documents. Consolidating everything on one document helped me retain all the information needed to succeed in the research part of my project.
Without research, many inventions of today would not exist. For example, if Thomas Edison hadn't researched his over 30,000 different solutions and materials he wouldn't have been able to create the light bulb, or if Alessandro Volta hadn't researched and created the first battery, a majority of our electrical systems wouldn't be the same.
It is amazing how big of a role research plays in the development of new innovations. The world would never be the same without it.
Until Next Time,