The Bowmar Builders are an FLL team associated with Bowmar Elementary School. The purpose of this blog is to help other students interested in robotics to learn from what we have learned. As an FLL Robotics team we use the Lego EV3 robotics system and the Mindstorms graphical programming language.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Research Areas

There are several areas of research students can look at. It is helpful to explain these areas and help them understand the differences.


Periodicals are anything that is periodically created. Examples include:
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Blogs
  • Online News Outlets

  • Professionals and Personal Interviews

    These interviews can be professional sources who spend time researching or solving similar problems, or simply people who are involved with the issue somehow. Here are some examples for the Animal Adventures theme this year:
  • Animal Shelter Employees
  • Wildlife Management Professionals
  • Teachers at school
  • Government Biologists
  • Animal Therapists

  • Academic and Government Sources

    There are a wide range of Academic and Government sources, but these are often written at a very high technical level.
  • Government data websites
  • Government-produced technical materials. For example, the ERDC Library will have a wide range of subject areas.
  • Academic Thesis and Dissertations. These are usually found via school library websites or googling.
  • Academic Journals. Researchers will publish articles on their work in journals.

  • Books and Textbooks

    This category includes sources that cover topical areas that are produced once. Examples:
  • Books from a library, either school or city library
  • Textbooks that cover some particular topic
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