Author: Michael v.B.


Hi guys,

A rather short update: sorry I didn’t get around to it last week, mostly it just slipped my mind. Anyways, turns out that quite a few places don’t want you to survey on their property. That is… unfortunate. Looks like I’ll have to resort to sitting outside of places to get some surveys done, because otherwise I’ll have nothing for my data. U of A campus and hassling random passersby, here we come!

I think that’s all for this week (and most of last as well actually, more writing on my paper is all).

Maybe it would be a good idea to just put the survey up online and distribute the url…

As always, thanks for reading!



Illness, Ineffectiveness, and A Reality Check

Hi everyone!

Right now I’m a little behind schedule, and have adjusted my goals to be more realistic. I looked at my calendar, and had planned to survey (get this) four THOUSAND students! First of all, while that would be amazing, it would be practically impossible! Secondly, for a population of 2 million people (the approximate population of Tucson and Phoenix combined) I would only need around 800 survey takers to get within 5% confidence of my results! Therefore, I have changed my goal to be around 400 people surveyed in the Tucson and Phoenix area.

I have found that my problems with time management have since compounded because of my *ahem* lack of structure to say the least, and am working to make it back on time with my updated schedule. The last thing I want to be is late for any big deadlines.

Therefore, I will hopefully be conducting surveys within the next week, and get pretty far with it!

Until Next Time!

Michael van Bree

An Adventure in AP Research

Alliteration tends to be one of the things that I like the most about things that are going to be shown to others. Welcome! My name is Robert Michael v.B. ,but I’d rather you call me any variation of Michael than Robert. My research project, holding alliteration into account my love for alliteration is called “Virtual Reality and Varsity Jackets.” What does that mean? Good question! It means that over the next couple months, I’m going to be testing whether there is a link between the amount of time that people spend on (video games and sports), and the way they view the classical binary genders. Why the parentheses? The parentheses indicate a major clarification about my topic: I will not be relating video game use and sports with each other, but rather they are grouped and are correlated in tandem with gender characteristics. Why all the rhetorical questions? – because they cause intrigue, and lead you, the readers in the right direction. I hope you have fun reading these post from me in the future, and that I can get some good feedback!

-Michael v.B.