Adya Tulsian - Vaping Pathway - Self Assessment

Week of July 26, 2020

Overview of Things Learned
Technical Areas:

  • Understanding the functions of vaping detectors
    • Mostly Flysense vaping detector
  • Downloading and running the Intel software Quartus using Ubuntu
  • Creating survey questions and analyzing large data sets
  • Using logic tables

Tools:

  • Intel software
  • Google sheets
  • Google Forms
  • StemAway forum
  • Social Media Platforms to share vaping surveys
  • Trello
  • Ubuntu

Soft Skills:

  • Research about vape detectors
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving

Achievement Highlights

  • Making data uniform
  • Doing research on the Flysense vape detector
    • finding advantages and disadvantages of vape detectors (FlySense and HALO)
  • Working with the team to make get work done
    • especially hosting a Happy Hour

Meetings Attended:

  • Intro the FPGAs by Aravind Das: 7/14
  • First Team Meeting: 7/14
  • FPGA Training: 7/16
  • Vaping Team Happy Hour: 7/17
  • Team Meeting: 7/20
  • FPGA Training 2: 7/23
  • Happy Hour: 7/24
  • Team Meeting: 7/27
  • FPGA Training 3: 7/30
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly Meeting: 8/1

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Make graphs for the group data
  • Make and present the presentation on vaping with the team
  • Learn more about personal stories of encounters with e-cigarettes through group survey results
  • Learn more about experiences with vaping detectors through articles
  • Find ways to make vape detectors more cost-effective and find ways to improve their design

Tasks done:

  • Research on vaping detectors
  • Made intel account and worked on a course for FPGAs
  • Downloaded Ubuntu and Quartus
  • Collected and made a large data set uniform that was collected through a survey
  • Compared the positive and negative aspects of the HALO and FlySense vaping detectors
  • Understood logic gates

#vaping #communication #teamwork #research #problem-solving #time-management

Week of August 03

Overview of Things Learned
Technical Areas:

  • Comparing FlySense and Halo vaping detectors
  • Using logic tables
  • Research on trends of vaping

Tools:

  • Google docs
  • Google sheets
  • Google slides
  • Trello
  • Intel Software
  • Ubuntu

Soft Skills:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Organization
  • Public Speaking
  • Creativity
  • Quick Preparation

Achievement Highlights:

  • Presented findings during Week 4 meeting
  • Understood trends of the first encounters with vapes
  • Created personas under a time crunch
  • Understood trends of vaping in Virginia
  • Created a presentation with my team for the meeting
  • Found activity for and hosted happy hour by myself

Meetings Attended

  • Team Meeting: 8/03/2020
  • FPGA Training: 8/06/2020
  • Week 4 Presentation: 8/07/2020
  • Happy Hour: 8/07/2020
  • Vaping Co-Team Meeting: 8/08/2020

Goals for Upcoming Week

  • Do more research on cigarettes and cigars to see trends that caused their decline
  • Use research to apply it on e-cigarettes
  • Complete logic solver exercise
  • Troubleshoot the Quartus Prime software
  • Complete my part of the block diagram
  • Refine my personas for a STEM-Away post
  • Complete my survey write-up

Tasks done

  • Presented progress with vaping research in the week 4 meeting
  • Analyzed vaping statistics in Virginia
  • Analyzed and organized research on the FlySense and Halo vape detectors
  • Analyzed survey results using charts and graphs data collected through surveys

#communication #teamwork #public-speak #creative-thinking

Week of August 10

Overview of things Learned
Technical Areas:

  • History of cigarettes and trends of decline in certain e-cigarettes (Juul and NJOY)
  • Techniques used by public health officials to promote the decline of smoking
  • Trends that caused the rise of vaping (especially among teenagers)
  • understanding and using block diagrams to show components of vape detectors
  • Using articles to understand and present information that I have learned through individual research
  • Troubleshooting Ubuntu

Tools:

  • Trello
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Docs
  • Virtual Box
  • Ubuntu
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Public Speaking
  • Creativity

Achievement Highlights:

  • Did individual research
    • Presented key findings to the team
  • Completing the survey write up

Meetings Attended:

  • Team Meeting: 8/10
  • FPGA Training 8/13
  • Happy Hour 8/14
  • Vaping Co-Team Meeting: 8/15

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Get tasks done ahead of time
  • Block diagram
  • Further Research to make it clearer and build a better picture of the history of smoking
  • Quartus Labs 3-5
  • Take notes on the team’s research and the Halo meeting to ensure understanding
  • Give feedback to the team

Tasks Done:

  • Added to the block diagram
  • Research on the decline of cigarette smoking and decline of certain brands of e-cigarettes
  • Initial draft of the survey write-up

#communication #teamwork #public-speak #creative-thinking

Week of August 17

Overview of things learned
Technical Areas:

  • Using Verilog in Quartus labs
  • Citing in APA format
  • What makes a good research paper

Tools:

  • Trello
  • Google Docs
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Asking for help to complete lab
  • Writing skills
  • Gave and learned from constructive criticism
  • Patience for the lab

Achievement Highlight:

  • Made a block diagram for a vape detector
  • Worked with the team to write the paper
  • Edited the paper to help make it more cohesive and concise

Meetings Attended:

  • Team Meeting: 8/17
  • FPGA Training: 8/19
  • Zoom with Soter Technologies: 8/18
  • Vaping co-team meeting: 8/20

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Finish the research paper
    • Including formatting
  • Complete lab

Tasks done:

  • Completed block diagram
  • Completed Quartus labs 3-5
  • Completed notes of everyone’s individual research topics and the HALO meeting
  • Edited the paper
    • Gave feedback
    • Revised according to other’s feedback
  • Wrote the Conclusion section of the paper

#collaboration #teamwork #writing #feedback

Week of August 24

Overview of things learned:
Technical Areas:

  • Understanding the functions of vape detectors
  • Worked hard to troubleshoot Quartus
    • worked with the team leads and looked at the code to complete tasks using Quartus
  • Using Quartus to understand the calculator lab
  • Created a survey and analyzed the large data set accumulated from it
    • Understood vaping trends in the US from the data set
  • Understood and used logic tables
  • Learned the history of cigarettes especially the decline
    • Proactive advertisement anti-cigarette and lots of circulating research to promote a better understanding of the negatives and making it more of an inconvenience to smoke
    • Also learned about the decline of JUUL and NJOY caused by the removal of flavors
  • Made and understood components of a block diagram that shows the connections of a vape detector
  • Presented information I got from individual research
  • Citing in APA format
  • Understood components of a good research paper
  • Learned how to write a paper well

Tools:

  • Intel software
  • Google Form
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Docs
  • Google Drive
  • STEM-Away forum
  • Social Media to share the survey and communicate with the team
  • Trello
  • Ubuntu
  • Quartus
  • Virtual Box
  • Google Calendar

Soft Skills:

  • Research about vape detectors
  • Team Work
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Public Speaking
  • Creativity
  • Organization
  • Collaboration
  • Quick Preparation
  • Asking for help
  • Writing skills
  • Gave and received constructive criticism
  • Patience and perseverance for the lab

Achievement Highlights:

  • Making, collecting, and analyzing the survey and data collected
    • Understood the trends of vaping in certain states of the US
  • Doing research on the vape detectors and individual research on the decline of cigarettes and JUUL
    • Presented key finding to the team
  • Working with the team to host happy hour and even hosted one by myself
  • Created a presentation and presented everything we learned at the Week 4 meeting
    • Created Personas in a time crunch
    • Thoroughly understood vaping trends in Virginia
  • Completed my part of the survey write-up
    • Virginia vaping trends
    • Parent persona
    • Decline of cigarettes
    • Conclusion
  • Made a block diagram for a vape detector
  • Edited the paper to improve what we had
  • Despite trouble with Quartus, I worked hard to understand the labs using the given code and help from the team

Meetings Attended:

  • Intro to FPGAs by Aravind Das: 7/14
  • First Team Meeting: 7/14
  • FPGA Training: 7/16
  • Vaping Team Happy Hour: 7/17
  • Team Meeting: 7/20
  • FPGA Training #2: 7/23
  • Vaping Team Happy Hour: 7/24
  • Team Meeting: 7/27
  • FPGA Meeting #3: 7/30
  • Vaping Co-Team Meeting: 8/01
  • Team Meeting: 8/03
  • FPGA Training #4: 8/06
  • Week 4 Presentations: 8/07
  • Happy Hour: 8/07
  • Vaping Co-Team Meeting: 8/08
  • Team Meeting: 8/10
  • FPGA Training#5: 8/13
  • Happy Hour 8/14
  • Vaping Co-Team Meeting: 8/15
  • Team Meeting#6: 8/17
  • FPGA Training: 8/19
  • Zoom with Soter Technologies: 8/18
  • Vaping Co-Team meeting: 8/20
  • Team Meeting: 8/24
  • FPGA Training #7: 8/27
  • Final Presentations: 8/28

Goals For the Upcoming Week:

  • Continue to work with the team on the presentation and get published
  • Do a follow-up survey for student suggestions
  • Work on Raspberry Pi to make a vape detector
  • Try to make vape detectors more affordable for schools
  • Reflect on all that I’ve learned

Tasks Done

  • Research on vaping detectors
  • Made intel account and worked on a course for FPGAs
  • Downloaded Ubuntu and Quartus
  • Collected and made a large data set uniform that was collected through a survey
  • Compared the positive and negative aspects of the HALO and FlySense vaping detectors
  • Understood logic gates
  • Presented progress with vaping research in the week 4 meeting
  • Analyzed vaping statistics in Virginia
  • Analyzed and organized research on the FlySense and Halo vape detectors
  • Analyzed survey results using charts and graphs data collected through surveys
  • Added to the block diagram
  • Research on the decline of cigarette smoking and decline of certain brands of e-cigarettes
  • Initial draft of the survey write-up
  • Completed block diagram
  • Completed Quartus labs 3-5
  • Completed notes of everyone’s individual research topics and the HALO meeting
  • Edited the paper
    • Gave feedback
    • Revised according to other’s feedback
  • Wrote the Conclusion section of the paper
  • Completed Calculator lab using the code given
  • Edited the paper further to make it more cohesive
  • Cited research papers and articles in APA format

Thank you so much to the leads and team 1: @apant, @JiayunChen, @etulsian, @kamyak17, @Aishwarya_S, and @RainaMourad for being such a great team and for everything I’ve learned from you guys!

Thank you to @ddas and @mandypant for all the help and direction you gave and the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful internship!

#research #collaboration #teamwork #writing #feedback #constructivelycriticizing #creative-thinking #public-speak #communication #vaping #problem-solving #patience #learn #writing #editing #verilog #organization #time-management #presenting #perseverance #data-analysis