What did you do and why was it important to you? What were your main findings from the project?
For my project, I researched and made a video discussing the issue of traffic jams and how to put an end to it once and for all. The reason that I chose to research about traffic jam is because this issue heavily affects me and everyone around me. Moving around in District 1 during traffic congestions is definitely a pain for everyone. Also, developing countries are usually very fast-paced which means that traffic jams are a burden to everyone. With a burning desire to put an end to this chronic issue, I dove into researching for ways to end it. My main findings for this project were broken down into 3 main areas: The first area is about the main causes of traffic jams and its effects on everyone. I narrowed it down to 2 causes which were nonfunctional traffic lights and accidental causes (accidents, dead engine…) The second area is the idea of virtual traffic lights which is a projection of traffic lights instead of a normal pole. I studied how this is better for traffic and can help put an end to traffic jams. The third area is how hydraulics work, I researched and looked through various explanation videos to learn about this idea. The reason I needed to learn about hydraulics was because it was a big part in my hypothetical car design to end traffic jam.
What were the main challenges for you doing this project? What were your strengths and what were your weaknesses?
The main challenge for this project was managing to comprehend the amount of information presented while I was doing my research. I had to read a lot of documents regarding hydraulics in order to develop a decent understanding of it and to be able to explain the concept in the best way possible. However I dealt with this challenge by looking over a lot of sources and relating them all back to my previous knowledge on mechanics. My strength in this project was my planning, I did a very good job with my planning which helped me stay on track get my work done before the submission date. Following a well planned timeline really helped me focus and gave me just enough time to edit and revise my project. Also, I feel like I did a decent job in explaining the concepts I was researching in a way that my audience can develop enough knowledge to understand my product. A weakness of mine was once again in the technological area, especially the editing part. My overheating laptop acted up once again this time which dragged out my editing time. My lack of experience with Imovie also hindered my ability to express my video in the way that would look extremely professional. However, I learned some new editing skills and did the best I could with all the knowledge I have regarding editing. This was indeed a very educative project to end the year with, I’m glad I got the chance to do these research because it really opened my eyes about the changes I can potentially make with enough funds and further research/actions.
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