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Turning an idea in to project
You have an idea or interest, but how do you turn that into a project? We are always asking questions but not always do we realise it, it becomes part of our subconscious. Think of your interest /Idea /question/ product and lets look at some examples that go through the scientific and technology process.
Example: Camping torch for reading
|Idea of a problem that needs a solution||Think of your hobbies and interests, anything that would make your life easier? or more sustainable?||I can never read properly when in my tent camping, i would like to design a torch that makes it easier to read in a tent.|
|Research||Do some background research, ask a teacher or an expert||Look in to the design of torches other types of night lights used for reading|
|Develop ideas/concepts||What are the requirements? Start designing a few ideas of what it could look like and materials you could use.||I need it to stand alone and not need to be hung, so that it doesn't create shadows. Packs easily. Doesn't use too many batteries|
|Produce a prototype or model||Choose one idea to develop. Test your prototype, how well is it working? List any problems and challenges. This process maybe repeated several times||My first prototype worked but it kept falling over. I need to design it so that it hangs over my book. It was too big, need it to be smaller|
|Produce final product||Record all your improvements on your design, including how and why||Final product is a small light weight lamp that clips on to a book and shines a good light on the pages. It uses LED, which uses very small amount of energy, reducing my use of batteries.|
|Test and Evaluate||Test its use and if applicable on other people, or other peoples opinions. Is it better at solving the problem than other existing products?||There are a few other product similar but mine is more efficient and with a cool design. I had a few friends try it on a camping trip and they rated it compared tousing three other torches.|
|Bibliography||What books and websites did you use to find out information?|
|LOG BOOK||You will always need to keep a log book. This will contain all the work you do not just what you choose to display. It is a crucial part of any science or technology project|