IT Works recently offered a national scholarship essay contest, where entrants were asked to write about the importance of sponsored research. Over the next few months, IT Works will be publishing many of the student essays on our website.
Author: Triston Guest
Science has propelled mankind to great heights. No matter what form it takes, it has been the backbone of our lives for a very long time. All of our advancements and achievements that have been created, were made possible through the research of many brilliant minds and their individual efforts that paved the way for our advanced society. I will elaborate on the many reasons why it is important for us to continue to support and sponsor research in the paragraphs below.
Since the dawn of humanity, we as a race have strived for knowledge. One of the earliest man made scientific discoveries was the creation of fire. This is arguably one of the most important scientific discoveries in the entire history of the human race, as control over heat would arguably be the driving force of mankind.
Another scientific discovery was how to launch projectiles over great distances. These came to be known as ‘Siege Engines’ and were very good at fulfilling that title. Ballistae, catapults, and cannons are early examples, and were heavily founded on mathematic principles. Although this would surprise many people, most of the operators of these early devices were highly skilled in math, for the time. More recently, these destructive devices have become bigger, faster, and more powerful, coming in the form of torpedoes, missiles, and rockets to name a few.
A more recent and relatable discovery was that of the automobile. These machines are heavily used today, by almost a billion people, and increasing in number rapidly. The advent of the automobile and other forms of transportation have advanced society’s speed in which we can receive healthcare and other vital services.
All of these developments had something in common; a lot of trial, and a lot of error. Leonardo Da Vinci was a great inventor, and a great scientist. One of his most prominent studies was that of water, and hydraulics. To learn how water works, he set up an experiment, and changed variables as he went, such as: how water flowed around one rock, two rocks, and then added a stick to the mix. He then added more complex variables, and documented those results. Thanks to his work, the world was able to make canals and other water infrastructures. He researched nature for many years, and received funding from the Duke of Milan to assist in the continuation of his research.
Which brings me to the matter of why we should continue to sponsor research. Almost every day, something new is discovered. It could be either a new way to make a hair product, or a breakthrough in the medical field. Working on their own, these scientists and researchers would not be able to easily acquire the resources needed, and the devices used. These devices were ironically also created with science. This is a trend that will only exponentially increase. The more we progress, the more money, resources, and time is needed for further research.
In conclusion, research should be sponsored for a variety of reasons. Even if it takes a long time, or whether it’s fairly expensive, it will be worth it to use the resources, and to improve our society. Sometimes, the benefits are not easily seen, or slow to prove their worth. In the end, science always finds a way.
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