Amogh Balaji - Vaping Pathway - Self Assesment

Observer

Week: Week 1 (July 14) - Week 4 (August 2)

Overview of Things Learned:

  • History of Vaping
  • Dangers of Vaping and why it is such a problem
  • Health Risks involved
  • How different types of vaping detectors work (Especially HALO)
  • Coding in Verilog
  • Boolean and Truth tables

Technical Area:

  • How FPGS’s work
  • Use of FPGA’s in modern society
  • Understanding of functioning mechanisms of HALO vaping detector
  • Downloading and Running Intel Quartus Prime lite edition
  • Verilog

Tools:

  • FPGA’s
  • Intel Quartus Prime Lite edition
  • Use of STEM - Away
  • Google Calendar

Soft Skills:(please also add the soft skills in a # form to the the bottom of the post)

  • Problem solving
  • Persistence when encountering an issue
  • Contributed to group HALO vaping detector research

Achievement Highlights

  • Researching HALO vaping detector and understanding its intricate mechanism
  • Successfully download and run Intel software
  • Able to complete Intel Introduction to FPGA’s course

Meetings attended

  • Introduction to FPGAs by Aravind Dasu Webinar on July 14th
  • FPGA Training on July 30th
  • Watched all recorded team meetings and FPGA training sessions (Time zone difference made live presence difficult)

Goals for the Upcoming Week

  • To collect survey data for my own self report in my hometown in Brazil
  • Further research in comparing HALO and Flysense vaping detectors
  • Complete more courses about the Quartus software in intel

Tasks Done

  • Researched and learn more about vaping detectors (Flysense and HALO)
  • Watched additional videos about verilog and logic gates + truth tables
  • Watched Quartus Prime Introduction video

Hi Amogh,
This looks great; keep up the good work!
I wasn’t aware of the time zone difference, so if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to participate in the meetings (maybe different times that work for you), do let us know.

Hello,

In addition, also want to add that Aarushi and myself are here to support you in any way or form you may need. Anything we can help you with or changing up meeting times. But a big shot-out to you for working through this with different time zone conflicting with meetings and watching meetings afterwards to make sure you’re all caught up!

If possible, please continue to do this! If you have any concerns or questions, as also, let myself or Aarushi know.

J

Thank you!

Week: 8/3 - 8/9

Overview of Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Interpreting logic gates/truth tables
    *Using Verilog

Tools:

  • Using STEM-Away platform
  • Further practice using Quartus Prime software by practicing logic gates

Soft Skills:

  • Independent studying to improve technical skills
    *Determination to watch through all meetings and training videos
    *Persistence when program errors occured

Achievement Highlights:

  • FPGA board training with logic gates/truth tables
  • Practiced Verilog programming

Meetings attended:

  • Meeting recordings

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Complete extra topic research on the Affordability of Vaping Detectors and what profiles and age ranges this applies to
  • Complete the logic solver exercise on Intel Quartus Prime
  • Complete a persona on a high school student

Tasks Done:

  • Performed further research on HALO detectors
    *Completed most of FPGA lab exercises

Week: 8/10/20-8/16/20

Overview of things learned:

Technical area:

  • Using quartus to work on FPGA training labs
  • Using websites and journals for research

Tools:

  • STEM-Away platform
  • Google meet
  • Google calendar
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Determined to watch all lab trainings
  • Persistent in attempting exercises
  • Collaborated on extra vape research

Achievement highlights:

  • Researched the affordability of different types of vapes and how each one compares to each other
  • Working through the FPGA training course

Meetings attended:

  • Watched all recordings

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Upload persona about high school student
  • Continue to complete Quartus lab

Tasks completed:

  • Researched affordability of vaping
  • Worked through Quartus labs

Week: 8/19/20 - 8/24/20

Overview of Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • I learnt more about FGPA’s,
  • Deepened my knowledge about truth tables, and logic gates

Tools:

  • Google Suite
  • STEM-Away platform
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Detailed writing on my extra research findings
  • Worked through deadlines
  • Perseverance and resilience to complete tasks

Achievement Highlights:

  • Completed write up extra research
    *Managed to complete few more Quartus lab exercises

Meetings attended:

  • Watched all the recordings

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Further edit my section in the research paper for the final draft to be published

Tasks Done:

  • Work on Quartus labs
  • Write the extra research portion in the final research paper

Week: 8/24/20 - 08/30/20

Overview of Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Read and analysis dense science articles and publication regarding experiments of the influence vaping devices has on humans

Tools:

  • Google Suite
  • Trello
  • STEM-Away platform
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Perseverance to complete extra research paragraphs
  • Commitment to continue watching meetings and trainings video recordings

Achievement Highlights:

  • Complete extra topic research for the research paper

Meetings attended:

  • Watched all recordings

Tasks Done:

  • Reread all the parts of the research paper
  • Completed all Quartus lab exercises
  • Completed my part of the collaboration to the research paper