Weekly Blog

This Week:
  • Muon Detector

    • Didn't really work on, as I got caught up in my CFHT internship.

  • IMS
    • Mr. Heck contacted me and we are getting the project started up again.
  • CFHT Internship

    • I want to take and convert all the measurements for stage 1 of the telescope


February 8, 2018 Daily Blog

For the past couple days I have been working primarily on my CFHT Internship.

Here are all the resources I have been using so far:
Here is a picture of the new spectroscopic telescope:

Last, but not least, here is the paper with all of the measurements and the assembly (any measurements I do not get from this I will get from the CAD model):
Download file "20238-TRE-005-1-MSE-TS-Conceptual-Design-Report.pdf"


February 6, 2018 Daily Blog

The Falcon Heavy launch was today and it was a huge success! The rocket (with Elon Musk's car) successfully made it space and is on the proper trajectory towards Mar’s. Both boosters in stage 1 returned to the landing platforms and landed perfectly. The only part that went wrong was that the main core (stage 2) did not land on the the drone ship like it was supposed to. However, this was a test flight and landing the main core had never been attempted before so, overall, I would call this a major success.

The Falcon Heavy is a huge breakthrough into space exploration as, with its 27 engines, in is two times more powerful than the most powerful rocket currently functioning. In fact, the only focket that was ever more powerful was Saturn V. Here is a picture:

And here is a short animation of the launch:


Last, but not least, I have the first day of my internship at CFHT tomorrow, so I am super excited!


February 5, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR I got an email from Mr. O’Connor from UH saying that he has sent out my scintillator. I also emailed him asking about their ability to reflow solder to attach the SiPM.


January 29 - February 1 Weekly Blog

What I Did This Week:

  • Muon Detector - Finished the supplies list and found all the supplies that we already have at the elab. Also, I have the list of supplies I need to order and locations to order them from but, before I do I want to go to Ace Hardware and check to see if they have some of the supplies there.

  • IMS - I talked to David Heck about getting back involved in the moon base project and I am planning to skype with him soon to talk about some projects he wants us at HPA to get started on.

  • CFHT Internship - I am going to go over to to CFHT on Wednesday to start my internship, and I filled out my independent sports form and I am waiting on it to get approved.

My goals for next week are:

  • Muon Detector

    • Go to ACE

    • Order Supplies

  • IMS
    • Talk to Mr. Heck
    • Talk to Oliver about his Involvement
  • CFHT Internship

    • Start Internship on Wednesday


February 1, 2018 Daily Blog

My silicon photomultiplier arrived today!!! I wasn't able to open the entire package as the part is extremely heat and humidity sensitive, so I should only open it within 72 hours of soldering it to the circuit board. My only problem with this part is that I have to reflow the solder to attack it to the circuit board as it is a surface mount piece and, HPA currently doesn't have the equipment to do it. I have been talking with Mr. Halstead about ways to get around this or to makeshift a process similar to it but, I am also going to reach out to the University of Hawaii, who supplied me with my scintillator, and ask if they have the technology to do this.


January 30, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, I didn't get time to work on my project as I was showing Eva, an upcoming sophomore starting next year, around the elab and showing her everyone's projects.


January 29, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR I worked with Mr. Halstead on figuring out exactly what needs to happen with the parts for my muon detector. Here is the completed list:
1 (SiPM) SensL 60035 smt C-series 1 Ordered
2 (Electronics Case) Tenda S105 5-Port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Switch + 5V power supply 1 ???
3 (OLED screen) 0.96" Yellow& Blue 128X64 OLED I2C IIC Serial LCD 1 Have?
4 6-32x3/8" socket head screws 10 ACE
5 6-32 nuts 2 ACE
6 BNC Female Nut Bulkhead Solder RF Connector 2 ???
7 Reset switch 1 ???
8 Female 5.5mmx2.1mm DC Power Jack 1 Have
9 2.1x5.5mm DC Power Jack Socket 2 Order
10 USB 2.0 Type A to Mini-B Cable (often supplied with Arduino) 1 Have
11 SiPM PCB (manufacturing cost) 1 ???
12 Main PCB (manufacturing cost) 1 ???
13 3/4" aluminium plate (2.75"x3.0"x3/4") 1 Order
14 1/4" aluminium plate (~2.75"x3.00"x1/4") 1 Order
15 Scintilator 1 Ordered
16 3D-printed screen protector, 0.5"^3 material 1 ???
17 Dual Op-amp RRIO 165 MHz 1 Order
18 Arduino Nano (often will come with a mini-usb cable) 1 Have
19 DC-DC Boost Converter, 400kHz switching frequency 1 Order
20 40V Schottky diode 2 Order
21 (0805) 1K 1% 1/8W 4 Have
22 (0805)100 1% 1/8W 1 Have
23 (0805) 100K 1% 1/8W 2 Have
24 (0805) 1nF 50V SMT cap 1 Order
25 (0805) 10uF CER 35V capacitor 2 Order
26 (0805) 10nF 50V SMT cap 4 Order
27 (0805) 49.9 Ohm 1% 1/8W 3 Order
28 (0805) 0.1uF 50V SMT cap 1 Order

i also did some research on where to get some of the materials I need to order:


January 22-26 Weekly Blog

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What I Did This Week:

  • Muon Detector - Both the scintillator and the silicon photomultiplier are on their way, and I talked with Mr. Halstead about finding a lot of the other parts I need in the E-Lab.

  • IMS - I did not reach out on basecamp, but there hasn’t been any other communication going on. I don’t really know what is going on with this project.

  • HI-SEAS - I got all the links and passwords I needed and learned how to make the telemitry dashboards and monitor the environment.

  • CFHT Internship - I emailed Mary Beth about establishing a meeting time next week now that I am done with paddling practice.

  • Keck Internship - Jeanette emailed me saying that there are no current internship positions, but Angelina says that they are looking for new Guide Stars and that she would recommend me.

My goals for next week are:

  • Muon Detector

    • Double Check Supplies List

    • Find all parts that we already have

    • Order parts that we don't have

  • CFHT Internship

    • Start on Internship

    • Establish Days for me to go and Work on it


January 26, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, I just continued to work on my google sheet of the parts list I need. I completed it and I just want to double check it before I send it to Mr. Halstead and Dr. Bill. Here is what I got so far:

Main Components


(SiPM) SensL 60035 smt C-series



(Electronics Case) Tenda S105 5-Port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Switch + 5V power supply



(OLED screen) 0.96" Yellow& Blue 128X64 OLED I2C IIC Serial LCD



6-32x3/8" socket head screws



6-32 nuts



BNC Female Nut Bulkhead Solder RF Connector



Reset switch



Female 5.5mmx2.1mm DC Power Jack



2.1x5.5mm DC Power Jack Socket



USB 2.0 Type A to Mini-B Cable (often supplied with Arduino)



SiPM PCB (manufacturing cost)



Main PCB (manufacturing cost)



3/4" aluminium plate (2.75"x3.0"x3/4")



1/4" aluminium plate (~2.75"x3.00"x1/4")



3D-printed screen protector, 0.5"^3 material


Electronic Components


Dual Op-amp RRIO 165 MHz



Arduino Nano (often will come with a mini-usb cable)



DC-DC Boost Converter, 400kHz switching frequency



40V Schottky diode



(0805) 1K 1% 1/8W



(0805)100 1% 1/8W



(0805) 100K 1% 1/8W



(0805) 1nF 50V SMT cap



(0805) 10uF CER 35V capacitor



(0805) 10nF 50V SMT cap



(0805) 49.9 Ohm 1% 1/8W



(0805) 0.1uF 50V SMT cap


I also emailed Mary Beth to discuss when I will come by CFHT next week, now that paddling is done.


January 24, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR I cleaned up Oliver's old work spot in the monolab, which is now going to be my spot! I also started creating a google sheets of parts for the muon detector.


January 22, 2018 Daily Blog

Today was a good day for making progress on the muon detector. Daniel O'Connor from the Astronomy and Physics Branch at UH Hilo emailed me saying that my request for a scintillator came up in a meeting today, and that he would like more information so that they could make them and send them us for free. For the detector I need a 5*5*1 cm^3 plastic scintillator, and I said that eventually it would be great to make more detectors, but for now all I need is one. I am so happy that he got into contact with us as scintillators are hard to find and are expensive. Also, I order the Silicon Photomultiplier I needed today. Here is the order conformation:

Finally, for the muon detector, I found the code for the arduino nano. This code is made for a design slightly different then the one I am using, but it should work well, and I will take a better look at it tomorrow. Here it is:
Desktop Muon Counter Arduino Code
Spencer N. Axani
1. Adafruit GFX Library -- by Adafruit Version 1.0.2
2. Adafruit SSD1306 -- by Adafruit Version 1.0.0
3. Wire -- by Arduino Version 1.0.0
4. OzOLED -- Version unknown, can be found on github. Or in the supplementary material.
5. SPI -- by Arduino Version 1.0.0
6. TimerOne -- by Jesse Tane et al. Version 1.1.0
Simply un-zip the libraries.zip file and place the files into the Arduino/libraries folder on your machin
#include <Adafruit_GFX.h>
#include <Adafruit_SSD1306.h>
#include <Wire.h>
#include <OzOLED.h>
#include <SPI.h>
#include <TimerOne.h>
const int OLED = 1; // Turn on/off the OLED [1,0] (Set to 0 to improve deadtime)
const int LED = 1; // Turn on/off the LED delay [1,0] (Set to 0 to improve deadtime)
#define TIMER_INTERVAL 1000000 // Every 1,000,000 us the timer will update the clock on the OLED
#define OLED_RESET 10 // A signal to this pin will reset the OLED screen
Adafruit_SSD1306 display(OLED_RESET);
//Linear regression parameters
float x1,x2,x3,x4,x5,x6;
float y1,y2,y3,y4,y5,y6;
float Sx2y,Sylny,Sxy,Sxylny,Sy;
float a, b;
//Timing variables
long measurement_t1 = 0L; // Time stamp
long measurement_t2 = 0L; // Used to calculate deadtime of signal measurement
long OLED_t1 = 0L; // Used to calcualte deadtime of OLED screen update
long OLED_t2 = 0L; // Used to calcualte deadtime of OLED screen update
long OLED_deadtime = 0L; // Tallies the total deadtime of the OLED screen between signal measurements
long measurement_deadtime = 0L;
long total_deadtime = 0L;
const float TIME_INTERVAL = 5.8; // Using a prescaler of 4, the time between analogue samples is 5.8 us.
String hist = "Initiallizing..."; // A histogram representing the relative number of photons seen by the SiPM
const float SIGNAL_THRESHOLD = 80; // Signal threshold, measured from 0-1023. Measureing from 0 to 300mV. 70 corresponds to approximately 20 mV threshold.
const int LED_PIN = 3; // The LED digital pin connections.
long int count = -1L; // A tally of the number of muon counts observed
float SiPM_voltage = 0; // This is the calculated pulse amplitude of the SiPM signal
float signal_voltage = 0; // This is the measured signal amplitude from the pulse detector circuit
const String current_count_str = "Total Count:";
const String runtime_str = "Run Time: ";
const String rate_str = "Rate: ";
const String pm = "+/-";
long int time = 0.;
int seconds = 0.;
int minutes = 0.;
int hours = 0.;
float stdev = 0.;
float average = 0.;
char tmp2[15];
char tmp[15];
String current_count;
String runtime;
String rate;
void setup() {
ADCSRA &= ~(bit (ADPS0) | bit (ADPS1) | bit (ADPS2)); // clear prescaler bits
ADCSRA |= bit (ADPS1); // Set prescaler to 4
display.begin(SSD1306_SWITCHCAPVCC, 0x3C); // OLED screen
if (OLED == 1){
pinMode(LED_PIN, OUTPUT); // Setup the LED pin to output
Timer1.initialize(TIMER_INTERVAL); // Initialise timer 1
Timer1.attachInterrupt(timerIsr); // attach the ISR routine
void loop() {
while (1) {
if (analogRead(A0) > SIGNAL_THRESHOLD) // If true, we have an event!
y2 = analogRead(A0); // Read analogue pin A0 five times.
y3 = analogRead(A0);
y4 = analogRead(A0);
y5 = analogRead(A0);
y6 = analogRead(A0);
total_deadtime += measurement_deadtime + OLED_deadtime; // time_pulse == deadtime of previous measuremnet. time_oled == deadtime associated with updating clock.
measurement_t1 = millis(); // Time stamp of event
noInterrupts(); // Turn of the interupts, so that it doesn't update the OLED screen mid measuremnt
x1 = 0; // This is the time of the first measurement: y1
x2 = x1 + TIME_INTERVAL + 0.5; // It takes 504ns to perform the IF statement
x3 = x2 + TIME_INTERVAL;
x4 = x3 + TIME_INTERVAL;
x5 = x4 + TIME_INTERVAL;
x6 = x5 + TIME_INTERVAL;
digitalWrite(LED_PIN, HIGH); // Turn on the LED
// Calculate the initial pulse amplitude. This is just a exponential regression fit.
Sx2y = x2*x2*y2 + x3*x3*y3 + x4*x4*y4 + x5*x5*y5 + x6*x6*y6;
Sylny = y2*log(y2) + y3*log(y3) + y4*log(y4) + y5*log(y5) + y6*log(y6);
Sxy = x2*y2 + x3*y3 + x4*y4 + x5*y5 + x6*y6;
Sxylny = x2*y2*log(y2) + x3*y3*log(y3) + x4*y4*log(y4) + x5*y5*log(y5) + x6*y6*log(y6);
Sy = y2 + y3 + y4 + y5 + y6;
a = (Sx2y*Sylny - Sxy*Sxylny) / (Sy*Sx2y - Sxy*Sxy);
b = (Sy*Sxylny - Sxy*Sylny) / (Sy*Sx2y - Sxy*Sxy);
y1 = exp(a); // y1 is the calculated amplitude of the triggering pulses at the time of the trigger.
signal_voltage = y1 * 5./1023.; // Convert the measured value, y1 , to a voltage (0-1024 == 0-5V)
count++; // Increment the number of counts
float aa = -0.0000213241; // These numbers come from the calibration of the electronics. See Calibration section in paper.
float bb = 0.0236566939;
float cc = -(0.3378053306 + signal_voltage);
SiPM_voltage = (-bb + sqrt(sq(bb) - 4*aa*cc))/(2*aa);
if (count > 0){
Serial.println((String)count + " " + (String)measurement_t1 + " " + (String)signal_voltage + " " + (String)SiPM_voltage + " " + (String)(measurement_deadtime + OLED_deadtime));
interrupts(); // Allow for interupts, to update OLED
if (LED == 1){
digitalWrite(LED_PIN, LOW); // Turn off the LED
measurement_t2 = millis();
measurement_deadtime = measurement_t2 - measurement_t1;
OLED_deadtime = 0;
void timerIsr(){
if (OLED == 1){
//UPDATE OLED SCREEN. It takes approximately 33ms to run the getTime function
void getTime(){
OLED_t1 = millis();
if (signal_voltage > 0.0) {hist = "-";};
if (signal_voltage > 0.2) {hist = "--";};
if (signal_voltage > 0.4) {hist = "---";};
if (signal_voltage > 0.6) {hist = "----";};
if (signal_voltage > 0.8) {hist = "-----";};
if (signal_voltage > 1.0) {hist = "------";};
if (signal_voltage > 1.2) {hist = "-------";};
if (signal_voltage > 1.4) {hist = "--------";};
if (signal_voltage > 1.6) {hist = "---------";};
if (signal_voltage > 1.8) {hist = "----------";};
if (signal_voltage > 2.0) {hist = "-----------";};
if (signal_voltage > 2.2) {hist = "------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 2.4) {hist = "-------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 2.6) {hist = "--------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 2.8) {hist = "---------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 3.0) {hist = "----------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 3.2) {hist = "-----------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 3.4) {hist = "------------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 3.6) {hist = "-------------------";};
if (signal_voltage > 3.8) {hist = "--------------------";};
display.setCursor(0, 0);
time = millis() / 1000.;
seconds = time % 60;
minutes = time / 60 % 60;
hours = time / 3600;
stdev = sqrt(count) / (time-total_deadtime/1000.);
average = (float)count / (time-total_deadtime/1000.);
current_count = current_count_str + " " + count ;
runtime = runtime_str + hours + ":" + minutes + ":" + seconds;
dtostrf(average, 1, 3, tmp);
if(stdev <= 0.001){
char a = 0.000;
dtostrf(a, 1, 3, tmp2);
dtostrf(stdev, 1, 3, tmp2);
rate = rate_str + tmp + " " + pm + " " + tmp2;
OLED_t2 = millis();
OLED_deadtime += (OLED_t2-OLED_t1);

Today, I also looked into the telemetry server for HI-SEAS a little bit more. Of course, I can't look at data or make graphs with data from the hab right now, as no one is up there. However, I did look at it with the solar panels at the elab. Here is what the graphs should look like:

Finally, Jackie Payne and I have been working on starting a coding club, and Mr. Ford approved our request today. Tomorrow we will meet with Mr. Halstead and discuss our plans.


January 14-20 Weekly Blog

This week was a very productive week in ISR. I got the Arduino Nano's for the muon detector and downloaded all the necessary programs to allow me to work with them. I also learned how to access all the data for the HI-SEAS project data and cameras. Finally, I got an internship at CFHT and emailed Keck about possibilities there.

My goals for next week are listed below:
  • Muon Detector - Next week I want to learn and work more with the Arduino Nano's. I also want to order all the parts I need. I have some emails about getting a scintillator that I need to look at and I have the start of a supplies list that I need to finish and send to Dr. Bill.
  • IMS - I want to try to contact everyone on basecamp again, and hopefully get Angelina and I back involved in the project.
  • HI-SEAS - Next week, I want to learn how to make dashboards and learn what else is involved in the project.
  • CFHT Internship - I have talked with Mary Beth and she said that there is no rush for me to come in right away, so I can still attend paddling for the first few days of this week. She will email me when it is best for me to come and work with Kei and Alexis, who are the two engineers working on the new spectroscopic telescope.
  • Keck Internship - I have already gotten in contact with Keck and I am simply waiting to hear back. What I do next week will depend on their response.


January 19, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, Angelina showed me all the different websites we need to use for the HI-SEAS project. Here is a list:
Also, Sneha scheduled the date for the Ham Radio license test. I will take the test on Sunday, February 3rd, 2018. Here is the link to the study guide:

Last, but not least, I emailed Jeannette Mundon from KECK and sent her my resume asking if there were any job or internship opportunities available.


January 18th Daily Blog

I got my Arduino Nano's for the muon detector today!!! Mr. Halstead ordered five, and right now I am focusing on making only one muon detector (I will probably end up making more later for many reasons) so I only took two of the nano's, one for the detector and one for learning how they work. Here are some pictures:

So, today in class I worked on downloading and setting up my computer to work on the arduino's. I downloaded ArduinoCreateAgent and created an online account so I could share the code via the internet. Here is the dashboard for my account (I didn't have time to get to the actual coding part today):

Angelina and I also heard from the MoonBase people for the first time in a very long time. Apparently, some of the kids from one of the other schools have been working on the project, but, they were not responding to any of our attempts to contact them. Mr. Heck reached out and sent out a power point, and we are planning a time to skype. If we can work this all out, it is my goal to be apart of this project. Here is the power point:
Download file "Hawaii Moon Base Reboot Draft.ppt"

Last, but not least, I got an internship at CFHT! It is a small job right now, but I am hoping to work my way up to the dark matter team. My first job is working with the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer in creating a scale model out of legos. They want the model out of lego so it will be a cool thing to display, but the main reason I am helping with this is to help create an accurate model using mathematical modeling (I get to determine the scale and the details) and because they want someone to go through all the digital renderings of the current telescopes. The goal of this project is to replace their current 3.6 meter telescope with an 11.25 meter telescope (both weigh the same, so that part works out quite nicely). This project is just being started, so in building the model I might be able to help with some of the details of the design.


January 15, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, Sneha, Angelina, and I decided that we are no longer going to work on the NASA Ames project. We came into the competition very late and then went from having 5 people to 3, and we have decided that we cannot expect to finish our paper before February 15th, yet alone have it be our best work. All of us have other projects that we need to focus our concentration on anyways so I believe that this is a good idea.
For the rest of class I practiced coding. In Unix, I learned how to set a new prompt. First you create a file called .bash_profile, then you type export PS1 = "_____". This creates a new prompt temporarily, but once you close your terminal it will disappear. To make it permanent you then have to create another file called .bashrc and like .bash_profile to it. This then makes it permanent. My new prompt is simply Brianna'sComputer: currently but I want to add in the date, time, current directory, and other stuff like that. In the unix textbook it gives a list of codes that add those to your new prompt but none of them work. In the next few days I want to do some research online and see if there is another way, perhaps a newer way as the textbook is really old.


January 11, 2018 Daily Blog

Today I finished writing my resume and emailed it to Mary Beth. Here is a copy of it currently:
Download file "Brianna Ryan's Resume (1).pdf"

I also wrote the table of contents for the NASA Ames project:
  • Introduction

  • Location

    • Orbit

    • Protection

      • Asteroids

      • Space Junk

      • Harmful Rays

  • Structural Design

    • Sending into space

    • Engines

    • Hub

  • Habitable for Humans

    • Residential Life

    • Power

      • Solar Power

      • Nuclear Power

      • Quantum Power

    • Air

    • Water

    • Agriculture

    • Waste Water Treatment

    • Artificial Gravity

      • Muscle Deterioration

    • Medical Facilities

    • Emergency Procedures

      • Fire Emergencies

      • Oxygen Leaks

      • Evacuation Protocols

  • Research Wing

    • Cosmology

      • Astrobiology

      • Astrophysics

    • Geophysics

      • Meteorology

      • Seismology

      • Oceanography

    • Biology

      • Medicine

        • Oncology

    • Physics

      • Spectroscopy

    • Chemistry

  • Industry Wing

    • Asteroid Mining

    • Element Collection

      • Hydrogen

      • Helium

    • Energy Collection

    • Tourism


January 10, 2018 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, Angelina, Sneha, and I calendared out the Ames project. Here is our plan:

  • By January 14th: Introduction
    • Sneha: 3D Model & Executive Summary
    • Angelina: About the Authors
    • Sameer: Mission Statement
    • Brianna: Table of Contents & Executive Summary
  • By January 21st: Section 2 and 3
    • Sneha and Sameer: Location
    • Brianna and Angelina: Structural Design
  • By January 28th: Section 4 and 5
    • Angelina and Brianna: Operations
    • Sneha and Sameer: Human Factors
  • By January 31st: Section 6 and Final Summary
  • By February 10th: Final Draft and Application Forms Submitted and in the Mail

We also need to make sure that this project is really unique and special so we have a lot of other extra information we want to add in. Here are some of our ideas (all of which need to be done by Jan 31st):

  • Hydroponics Project with Extensive Write-up and Pictures (Sameer)
  • HI-SEAs Project/ Algorithms / Results (Brianna, Angelina, and Sneha)
  • HAM Radio (Sneha)
  • Quantum Communications and Research (Brianna)
  • Survey of the Most Desired Type of Government (All of Us)

I also emailed Mary-Beth discussing internship opportunities at CFHT, and she asked for my resume. I don’t really have one officially typed out so that is something I am working on right away.

Finally, I reached out to some of my particle physics and engineering contacts. I sent them my ideas on the muon detector and asked for any of their ideas on how to improve and modify the design, particularly for what I am wanting to attempt to do with it. Here is a list of people I reached out to:

  • Dr. Don Lincoln (Fermilab)
  • Siyuan Sun (Atlas, CERN)
  • Manuel Olmedo (CMS, CERN)
  • Sarah Charley (CERN)
  • Dr. Amanda Yoho (PhD in Astrophysics)
  • Margot Tayler (One of the most awesome people ever!!! Also physics major from MIT)

I might also try to email some of my new contacts from the International MoonBase Summit and some of my old contacts from JPL.


January 9, 2018 Daily Blog

Today was the first day back at ISR after winter break and I feel like there is already so much to do! Today in class we just spent most of the time talking about what is coming up in this next semester. Here are the most important things coming up:
  • HI-SEAs Mission VI (February 16th)
  • NASA Ames Competition Submittal Due (March 1st)
  • Muon Detector


Semester 1 Video

Here is my semester 1 final video project:
Download file "Semester1VideoPt1.mov"
Download file "Semester1VideoPt2.mov"
Download file "Semester1VideoPt3.mov"
Download file "Semester1VideoPt4.mov"
Download file "Semester1VideoPt5.mov"
Here is the outline:
  1. Why did you choose this project?

    1. Star in a Bottle

    2. Love for the Area of Science

  2. What is the existing state of technology/the world/your life, and how is this different?

    1. Only Know a Small Percent

  3. What were your immediate goals?

    1. Fill in the Holes in My Knowledge

      1. Multivariable Calculus

      2. AP Physics C

    2. To learn more about computer science

  4. What resources did you collect/use? (materials, people, online)

    1. My Teachers

      1. Dr. B

      2. Mr. Bleckel

      3. Dr. R

    2. Other Scientists

      1. Dr. Don Lincoln

      2. Dr. Amanda Yoho

      3. Scientists at IMS

        1. Dr. Ben Bussey

        2. Mr. Jim Keravala

        3. Mr. David Heck

        4. Dr. Daniel Rasky

        5. Dr. Alexander MacDonald

    3. Books

      1. Classical Dynamics of Particle Systems

      2. Feynman Lectures

  5. What challenges did you face?

    1. The Complexity of the Concept

    2. Lots of Time and Money Required

  6. What would you like to be different next semester?

    1. First semester of ISR

    2. More organized

  7. What are your next steps?


    2. Finish AMES Project

    3. Next HI-SEAS Mission

    4. Continue Learning Computer Science

  8. How will this project leave a legacy? To whom?

    1. Fill Never Ending Curiosity

    2. New Discoveries in this area could lead to major life improvements

      1. Expansion into Space

      2. Nuclear Fusion Power