Shanya Sanof - Vaping Pathway - Self Assessment

Week 1/2:

Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Understanding different Vaping devices and the harmful effects of each vape
  • Learning about different Vape Detectors
  • Creating effective surveys that can be used to collect widespread data
  • Beginning to learn about FPGAs and how to use them
  • Beginning to learn how to use Quartus Prime

Tools:

  • G-suite
  • STEM-Away Forum
  • Slack
  • Intel Quartus Prime Software

Soft Skills:

  • Working with a new group of people in a virtual setting
  • Learning through virtual webinars and trainings
  • Collaborating with a large and small group of people
  • Communicating with group members

Three Achievements:

  • Caught up on makeup work / missed webinars from the first week
  • Finished 5 Survey Questions
  • Installed Quartus Prime and all the packages + watched related training videos from Intel

List of Meetings / Trainings Attended:

  • FPGA Trainings (7/16 + 7/23)
  • Team 2 Meetings (7/20 + 7/27)
  • VP Office Hours (7/22)

Goals

  • Complete Week 3 Deliverables
  • Continue to get more responses on the Survey
  • Attend all upcoming meetings and trainings

Tasks Completed / Hurdles Faced:

  • I was confused on how to install the devices into Quartus Prime but I was able to ask questions during the Office Hours and resolve the issues
  • I am having a little difficulty on getting all 50 responses for the survey but I am continuing to get responses so I hope to reach the minimum
  • I accidentally sent out the wrong survey initially but I resolved that issue with one of the leads and will split the responses after
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Week 3:

Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Refining data from survey and creating understandable visuals
  • Understanding the HALO vape detector and also learned about the FlySense vape detector through presentations
  • Continuing to learn about FPGAs and using Quartus software

Tools:

  • G-suite
  • STEM-Away Forum
  • Slack
  • Intel Quartus Prime Software
  • Trello

Soft Skills:

  • Working with a partner in a remote setting
  • Sending out survey through the STEM-Away platform to a large group of people
  • Effectively communicating with people through a virtual setting
  • Presenting to a larger group of people
  • Creating a method of communication among group members

Three Achievements:

  • I reached out and established a method of communication among my group members
  • I was able to complete the deliverables (Research on HALO vape detector, receiving 50 responses on survey & refining data + creating visuals)
  • I was able to present for my group during the Team 2 Meeting

List of Meetings / Trainings Attended:

  • VP Office Hours (7/29)
  • FPGA Training # 3 (7/30)
  • VP Team 2 Meeting (8/03)

Goals:

  • Complete Week 4 Deliverables
  • Attend all upcoming meetings and trainings

Tasks Completed / Hurdles Faced:

  • Week 3 Deliverables completed
  • I struggled to receive responses for the survey but ultimately I was able to get 50 responses (once refining I only had 45)
  • Me and my partner planned on presenting together but she was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting so I had to present alone
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Week 4:

Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Logic Gates and FPGAs (Logic Gate Challenges)
  • Understood the technical and general specifications of the HALO vape detector
  • Learned about the technicalities of the FlySense vape detector through presentations
  • Learned how to interpret survey data through many presentations

Tools:

  • Gsuite
  • STEM-Away Forum
  • Slack
  • Intel Quartus Prime Software
  • Trello

Soft Skills:

  • Working with a partner and coordinating a presentation in a remote setting
  • Presenting in large and small groups of people
  • LinkedIn tips
  • Flexible thinking

Three Achievements:

  • I finished Week 4 Deliverables and created a presentation / presented at this week’s team meeting with my partner
  • I learned more about the HALO Vape Detector and its technical aspects (also learned how to create a block diagram)
  • I worked on the Logic Gate Challenges through Quartus

List of Meetings / Trainings Attended:

  • FPGA Training (8/06)
  • Team 1 & 2 Presentation (8/07)
  • VP Co-Team Meeting (8/08)
  • Vaping Team 2 Meeting (8/10)

Goals:

  • Complete Week 5 Deliverables
  • Attend all upcoming meetings and trainings
  • Learn more about existing vape detectors and continue to brainstorm ways to reduce vaping

Tasks Completed / Hurdles Faced

  • Week 4 Deliverables completed
  • Initially we were unable to find a block diagram for the HALO detector so we focused on the detector’s technical parts and how the parts function
  • Presentation for the Team 1 & 2 Meeting completed
  • I had planned but was unable to present on Friday due to the meeting running a little long but my partner was able to cover my slides so the issue was resolved
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Week 5:

Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Continued to learn about FPGAs and specifications of HALO detector
  • Understood how block diagrams are created

Tools:

  • Gsuite
  • STEM-Away Forum
  • Slack
  • Intel Quartus Prime Software
  • Trello

Soft Skills:

  • Time Management with school and the work from this project
  • Coordinating deliverables with a partner
  • Presenting among team members
  • Sharing and communicating information virtually

Three Achievements:

  • I fixed my Quartus issue after going to office hours
  • I finished Week 5 Deliverables
  • I learned more about FPGAs and the existing vape detectors

List of Meetings / Trainings Attended:

  • Office Hours (8/12)
  • Watched recordings of all other meetings / trainings

Goals:

  • Watch all upcoming recordings of trainings / meetings because I started school and all meetings overlap
  • Complete this week’s deliverables
  • Complete the FPGA lab

Tasks Completed / Hurdles Faced:

  • I started school last Thursday which made it difficult to attend any meetings / trainings because all the timings overlapped but I was able to watch the recordings and get up to speed with all the work
  • Time management became a little difficult but I was able to finish all the deliverables for last week and hope to complete everything for this week
  • I figured out the issue I was having with the Logic Gate Challenges through Office Hours and completed it on my own

Week 6:

Things Learned:

Technical Area:

  • Thoroughly understood the prevalence and effectiveness of existing vape detectors
  • Worked on skills with researching a product
  • Learned through other group’s analysis of survey and vaping block diagrams

Tools:

  • G-suite
  • STEM-Away Forum
  • Slack
  • Intel Quartus Prime Software
  • Trello

Soft Skills:

  • Communicating with team members through email
  • Coordinating with a different set of team members

Three Acheivements:

  • I was able to finish this week’s deliverables
  • I watched a few of the meeting recordings as I was unable to attend
  • I was able to compare the FlySense and HALO Vape detectors

List of Meetings / Trainings Attended

  • Watched recordings of the meetings and trainings because the meetings overlapped with my school classes

Tasks Completed / Hurdles Faced:

  • I was struggling to manage my time this week but I was able to spend a solid amount of time on the deliverables and complete them before the deadline
  • I updated the deliverables after receiving suggestions from Esha

Final Assessment:

Things Learned:

- Researched about HALO IOT Smart Sensor and FlySense Vape detector

  • Understood different vaping devices and the harmful effects of each device
  • Collected and refined data through surveys and created visual representations of data
  • Learned how to use Quartus Prime software and FPGA boards
  • Learned how to effectively write a research report

Tools:

  • G-suite
  • STEM-Away Forum
  • Slack
  • Intel Quartus Prime Software
  • Trello
  • LinkedIn

Soft Skills:

  • Working with a team through a virtual setting
  • Sending out a survey through STEM-Away forum and through other platforms to large groups of people
  • Effectively communicating with teammates through a virtual setting
  • Presenting to a small / large group of people
  • Establishing forms of communication amongst group members

Achievements:

  • I was able to complete the Existing Vaping Detectors Report for our team
  • I was able to complete the deliverables for each week with my teammates and create effective presentations
  • I was able to reach out to many people in my community and get an understanding of the prevalence of vaping in my area
  • I was able to network with some new people
  • I learned how to use many different platforms
  • I was able to attend most of the meetings until August
  • I learned how to code in Verilog and use a FPGA board
  • I was able to meet and work with so many new people

List of Meetings / Trainings Attended:

  • FPGA Trainings (7/16 + 7/23 +7/30 + 8/06)
  • VP Team 2 Meetings (7/20 + 7/27 + 8/03 + 8/10)
  • VP Office Hours (7/22 + 7/29 + 8/12)
  • VP Co-Team Meeting (8/08)
  • Team 1 and Team 2 Presentations (8/07)
    -> watched all other meetings through recordings

Existing Vape Detectors Report.pdf (2.3 MB)