Abstract’. What did you do and why was it important to you? What were your main findings from the project?
I decided to make a cruelty-free Cosmetics/beauty products scanner app. This app allows consumers to scan beauty products and in a simple manner the app will tell you wether the makeup or beauty product is cruelty free or not. This was important to me because I care for the well-being of all living things, including animals. This is not a passive feeling or passing fade with me, as I have been a practicing being vegeterian for over 2 years. And my desire has been to not harm the environment or other living things in all aspects of my life and not just with food. Therefore, I wanted to create an app which will allow consumers to buy cruelty free products, knowing that proper research has already been completed for them and they can procced with confidence that they have truly bought a cruelty free product and not just making a purchase that has a ‘cruelty free’ label on it, which will pacify their conscience. I also really enjoy cosmetics, so this app really goes together with what I enjoy and believe in.
My main findings from this product was that I found out the extent of the cruelty that animals go through during testing. I believe if this information was more widely known my product would be of great interest to people. I also discovered the fascinating technology that is required to make a barcode scanner and that it is one of most useful inventions that utilize a laser beam.
What were the main challenges for you doing this project? What were your strengths and what were your weaknesses?
My main challenges for doing this project was to make sure that I incorporated science into the passion of my project. Once I realized that I really did need to understand the science in knowing how the animal testing was done and what scientific alternatives that are available, so that no company is without excuse to be still using cruel methods in their testing. trying to find information on barcode scanning.
My main strengths was that being already a vegeterian, I was already very passionate about the subject , so that I didn't suffer from a lack of enthusiasm when researching or writing. Also, being familiar with this subject, I already knew some information previously and I knew where to look to find additional information .
My weaknesses was in researching barcode information. Not being a technical person and not having any previous knowledge of the subject, I struggled to find information and to actually understand it fully This was especially challenging for me because I had no enthusiasm for the subject. Your final product.
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