• Question: What was your first experiment? Did it fail or did it go to plan?

    Asked by vary364paw to Vassilis, Pizza, Line, Kareena, Caroline on 13 Nov 2019. This question was also asked by beep.
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      Line Caes answered on 13 Nov 2019:


      My very first experiment was during secondary school, where with a small group of my friends we tried to make our own crystals. The first few failed, but we stuck with it and eventually they succeeded and we even won a price for the most beautiful crystal made by young people across the country (Belgium).

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      Caroline Brett answered on 14 Nov 2019:


      I remember doing an experiment at university where we put people in a room to play Pictionary and one of us had to sit in the room and make various movements like scratching our nose, crossing arms, etc., while the rest of the experimenters sat in another room watching through a one-way mirror to see if anyone else playing Pictionary copied us. It was a lot of fun! It worked a little but not quite in the way we planned

    • Photo: Pizza Ka Yee Chow

      Pizza Ka Yee Chow answered on 19 Nov 2019:


      I would consider the (proper) first experiment was in my master degree. I needed to do a project to understand where squirrels hid their nuts and how did they react to another squirrels. I remembered I scratched my head many times for months because I needed to put myself to think like a squirrel. There were lots of things to consider as well, for example, living like a squirrel up on a tree and what would they care etc…It ended up well as I collected interesting data. what is important to me is that it have brought me a completely new angle for my research since then!

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