Capstone #2: Choosing a main Inquiry Question and Sub Question

Mrs. Edwards told our class that our capstone tittle had to be a question. Not a green light or red light question, but a deep question. Mrs. Edwards told us that this project was something we were supposed to be enthusiastic about learning, enjoy it, learn a lot about, and have fun. Since I have allergies I didn’t know if I was going to be able to learn so much about it, but I knew I would be enthusiastic and all. I kept thinking. I then remembered that at seder my cousin who has allergies had a dog that sniffed her food to see if there were any ingredients she was allergic to. Then it popped into my head. I was going to do what are allergist doing to help people with allergies. When we had to tell Mrs. Edwards our main inquiry question so far I told her that. We met and jazzed it up a bit. My final product went something like this: what are the top treatments for people with allergies and what are treatments that allergist are considering. This worked because I would research all the treatments and at my interview learn about treatments they want to do in the future.

With our inquiry question we then had to come up with six sub-questions. A sub-question is a question thats answer will help you find the answer to your main inquiry question. My first sub question is, what are some treatments allergists plan to do in the future? This is related to my main inquiry question because the second part (what treatments are allergists considering) says what they are considering and by considering I mean considering to do in the future. I chose this question because it relates to my main inquiry question and because I wondered what allergists hope to accomplish in the future.

My second sub-question is, what are some challenges that allergists are having right now with their treatments? This relates to the second part of my inquiry question because if they are having trouble with a treatment they might consider getting rid of it. I chose  this question because it relates to my main inquiry question and I figure that hospitals only pick a treatment if they think it’s going to do well, and I wondered what tests weren’t doing well.

My third sub-question is, what are some of allergists most popular treatments and why? This question relates to the first part of my inquiry question (what are the top treatments for people with allergies) because a top treatment could be one of the top treatments because they’re popular. I chose this question because it relates to my main inquiry question and because I wondered why people would be so attracted to one treatment over others.

My fourth sub-question is, is there one allergy you are always making treatments for and studying? This relates to the first part of my inquiry question because it could be a top treatment. It could be a top treatment because if they are always making treatments and studying one allergy then that means most people have that allergy. If a lot of people have that allergy then a lot of people will want to do the test. I chose this question because it relates to my main inquiry question and because I wondered if hospitals were more focused on one allergy than all the others.

My fifth question is, which treatment is doing better oral immunotherapy or the patches? This relates to the first part because  because the one thats doing better is a better treatment. It also relates to the second part because the one thats not doing well the allergist might consider ditching. I chose this question because it relates to my main inquiry question and because they are technically the same thing, the only difference is in one you take the peanut through your mouth, and in the other you take it through a patch.

Lastly my last sub-question, are allergists planning on making a vaccine to cure allergies? If so would they use their other tests to help them make it? This relates to the second part because it has not happened yet. Also, if they can make a vaccine to cure allergies using their tests, that would help a lot. This would help a lot because people won’s have to cary Epi-Pens or anything because you won’t have allergies. I chose this question because it relates to my main inquiry question and because I wondered if hospitals were going to use all their tests to contribute to something big like a vaccine.

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