2021-2022

1/6/2022

After returning from a 2 week break, the hydroponics lab was pleased to find tremendous growth from our lettuce. I posted a tweet on WISRD’s Twitter celebrating this growth that can be seen here. We also saw that the nutrients we added to the water had turned it green, which is of no concern because the previous WISRD hydroponics group had seen similar effects. 

11/30/2021

The Hydroponics lab has moved the plants into the actual lab. We are finally ready to experiment on them! I posted a tweet on WISRD’s Twitter that can be seen here

11/17/2021

The hydroponics lab is ready to begin experimenting! We have recleaned the lab and distilled all the needed water, so we are prepared to fill the lab with the distilled water. We will run the experiment once without any salinity testing just to confirm that we can successfully grow plants in a hydroponics format. 

11/8/2021

The poster presentation was today. We drew in a lot of interest for hydroponics with many follow up questions from presenation attendees. It was a very succesful night and a good demonstration of the work we have put in throughout the year so far. We will now be moving on to planting our seeds and then beginning the experiment. 

11/5/2021

The hydroponics group has just submitted their poster for the spring poster session. I took on the making of the poster so much of it is my work. The poster presentation is on the 8th, so hopefully it will be a good opprotunity to show off the hard work we have been putting in. The distiller is fully ready, we can now begin to put water into the lab and then get the experiment started. 

10/18/2021

We encountered many issues with refilling the lab with water. We have been taking the conductivity of the water that we distilled to measure how effective the distiller is. The seeds that we planted in the small planters have unfortunately grown too much in the time since we planted them, so we will need to replant eventually. We expected to be able to move the plants into the lab soon after planting, so we should wait to replant until the lab is fully ready. 

10/5/2021

We have fully rebuilt the lab. The water distiller has presented some problems, but we are getting very close to being fully functioning. We have planted the lettuce and have sprouts so we are ready to move it over to the lab once it is ready. I am getting my pitch ready for The Inquirer. 

9/17/2021

The lab has been running for a week and has been operating as hoped. We deconstucted it today in order to deep clean it, and are going to reconstuct it and add the distilled water next week. Once that is done, we will begin planting!

9/15/2021

I made my first tweet of the year to announce our progress in the lab, and to show the functioning lab. The tweet can be found here.

9/10/2021

We have fully repaired the lab and filled it with water. The power switch is connected to my phone so I can turn it on and off using bluetooth. We are letting it run for a couple days in order to make sure it is functional and to filter through the water a bit. 

8/30/2021

The hydroponics team has come together. I am gonna be working with Zyan, RIdley, Kezie, and Nikita

8/24/2021

Today was the first day of WISRD in the new school year. I am planning on sending out an email shortly to all new WISRD members asking for people to join the Hydroponics Lab. Hopefully I can get through the recruiting process quickly so I can begin picking back up on the research.

 

2020-2021

5/20/2021

The Inquirer was published with my article as the lead article. The link is attached here

4/28/2021

Today was the WISRD board meeting to nominate people for the board, and I was voted on. I will now be acting as a voting member of the WISRD board for next year. This is very exciting for me as I will now be able to contribute to decision-making within WISRD. 

4/26/2021

I presented at the spring poster presentation with the rest of the radio telescope group. This poster presentation was a lot easier since I knew what to expect. We based much of our work off of our fall poster and only changed the elements that had developed more, so there was much less work. 

4/10/2021

All members of the Hydroponics lab are graduating, so I have begun transitioning away from the radio telescope and towards taking over this lab. I will continue working in hydroponics for the remainder of my tenure in WISRD. The rest of the year I will spend acclimating to hydroponics instead of working with the radio telescope.

3/26/2021

My article made The Inquirer! I am going to be the lead article, making me the first freshman to be granted the lead article. I am very excited!

2/29/2021

I have completed my article and submitted it. My article was entitled Basketball and the Quest for Efficiency.

1/20/2021

We are collaborating with many other groups through a Discord, and allowing them to use our telescope to collect data of their own. This collaboration will open up countless opportunities for future endeavors. 

12/6/2021

We have concluded most of the prep work on the telescope and are now collecting data. 

11/9/2020

I presented at the fall poster presentation with the rest of the radio telescope group. This was my first poster session so I did not entirely know what to expect, but I think we did a good job of communicating our work effectively. 

10/28/2020

I presented at dark matter day along with my fellow members of the radio telescope group. We discussed our work thus far and what our goals are for the future.

9/28/2020

I am going to be working with Izze S. on helping run the Instagram. I think that having this as a side project along with my main work on the radio telescope will fit my interests well. In general, social media work comes pretty naturally to me and I enjoy doing it. 

9/24/2020

I presented at back-to-school night on my experience as a first-year student and shared what it is like to first get acclimated into WISRD. 

9/21/2020

Joe has directed me towards the radio telescope project as a project for me to look into. I have read through the DSPIRA web page, and am going to begin building a LNA that will be used in one WISRD’s three radio telescopes. 

9/2/2020

Hi, I’m Max. I am just getting started with WISRD. I am not sure exactly what I am going to work on during my time in WISRD, but I have always had a strong interest in space, so I am going to begin by looking into working on the radio telescope project.