11.5.19

I finished editing one of my colleagues, Jackson’s, papers. Being an assistant editor it is my job to look over and revise papers that are assigned to me. My first paper was Jackson’s paper on the Aerodynamics of Wind Tunnels. There was a lot of editing to be done on the paper, as it seemed to have been very basic, and not as abstract as most people might like it to be. I gave good constructive feedback that should be able to help him in the future. The submission deadline is November 7th, 2019 but I was able to put it in today just hours ago. I had some time left on my hands, so I ended up finishing the day off by editing an email to be sent to the leader of the Team Athena, Dr. Griffis.

11.4.19

I had my first WISRD poster presentation yesterday, and there were a lot of positives to note. I was a very good speaker while I was explaining to some of the parents that stopped by. I was able to recite some of the things I learned at UCLA back to the parents in an easily comprehensible manner. This was a fun experience to be able to share my knowledge of my project with others and see what they thought about it. This was even our biggest turn out yet with 60 people and a good keynote speaker, who was able to relate to the work that we were doing in WISRD. It was very engaging and we had a lot of positive feedback about the presentation and the speaker. Last night, was a big success!

Axil B. and Nnenna B. Next to Their Cosmic Ray Detector at UCLA Explore Your Universe Day

11.3.19

Today I went to UCLA for an event that WISRD was invited to, to talk about our cosmic watch cosmic ray detectors. One of our main objectives was to meet one of the guys who has done the same experiment we are currently doing to end up collaborating with him in the future. My team and I were able to successfully meet Nathan and exchange contact info. My colleague, Axil, and I were able to get a chance to talk to him where we found out what he did. He’s doing the same thing experiment the WISRD team is doing, but a more intensive version of it. He goes down to the south pole where he and his team detect cosmic rays down there. This opportunity was really fun, and useful because we had random people at the event come into our room looking to find out more about cosmic rays, like what they are and what they do. This was good training for our PDR where we have to explain the same thing to 200 people. I also found out more information about my topic which should come in handy for tomorrow night.

11.1.19

Today was quite eventful. To start off Joe informed us another event that’s supposed to be happening Sunday. We were apparently asked to come to the UCLA event from 12-5 because they saw the cosmic watch detector we were building and have never seen anything like it and asked us to come to showcase it this weekend. And this is supposed to be our top priority now because Joe said that we can do the PDR anytime like run-through it. This event takes top priority because it gives us a chance to network with the people that work in the high energy physics field. After that announcement, I had to help Axil B. prepare for the PDR run-through on Sunday since I can’t make it. I gave him my notes and showed him where to find the slideshow that they shared with us. And finally, I started adding and going over the parts list to see which parts we need to order. Pretty successful day.

10.31.19

Today, I had a meeting with Joe to discuss the details for the run-through PDR on Sunday. We talked about what I was going to say about the slides, so I wouldn’t mess up or look bad on Sunday. I took a few notes on what he said for some of the slides and added a little bit more to my notes. I can’t wait till the meeting but I’m a little nervous because I don’t want to look bad. Anyways, Happy Halloween!

Screenshot From the Document for the Poster

10.30.19

I took the day to start working on my part for the poster presentation coming up soon. I’m closing in close for the deadline which is November 3rd, so this at the moment is my highest priority. I got assigned to write about our progress so far on this project and make sure it gets done by the end of the week so I don’t have much to stress about this weekend.

10.28.19

Today, Joe told us that we’d have to get ready for a PDR run-through happening Sunday in El Segundo. It’s not mandatory but we really should be there to help prepare for it so we know the gist of how to do it for the real one on November 20th. This should be really good practice but we have to make sure we really do a good job. We’ll probably begin preparing for it starting tonight or tomorrow.

Another Image of the Circuit Board

9.19.19

This was my first day at WISRD in 9th grade and there’s nothing to do yet. I want to do ENABLE or RECON so I’ll probably have to reach out to them soon. Excited for what’s to come.

9.13.19

Muons would be best described as an unstable subatomic particle. These muons weigh about 200x more than an electron and can be found in Earth’s upper crust. When cosmic rays enter Earth’s atmosphere, they collide with air molecules creating Muons, the decay product of this collision. As a product of this collision, muons are connected to cosmic rays. Cosmic rays could become quite dangerous and cause damage to the human body. In 2017, there was a study found on how cosmic rays could increase the risk of cancer for the astronauts going to Mars. They are able to cause this high amount of damage to human cells because they carry high volumes of ionization. Another study stated that cosmic ray radiation can also cause damage to the vascular system by damaging the heart, hardening and narrowing the arteries, which would end up causing cardiovascular disease.

10.7.19

A lot has happened since the last time I journaled. My team and I were able to finish soldering all of the parts that we have onto the board, although we are missing some crucial parts for the board. We will probably end up ordering those parts tomorrow if we have class, or I will come in at lunch. More exciting news…WE GOT THE NASA GRANT! We were all very excited that this happened. We now have to write up a report for them informing them more on our work, and getting WISRD some more exposure. So far my freshman year in WISRD is looking great. I have a lot of experience with soldering. For example, it took me about less than 3 minutes to solder and adjust 3 parts onto the board. I won’t be doing any more circuit board for now, because I have to turn my attention to finishing up my part of the report for next week.

10.8.19

Although, part of our WISRD class was interrupted by a fire drill today, I was able to finish my part of the report due next week. This means that when we come back to school on Thursday, I can resume soldering the circuit board, but since I finished, I will just begin a new circuit board. Not much has happened yet, but there is supposed to be a call-in conference tomorrow morning at Wildwood School.

10.11.19

I just got an email from Joe right now saying that he has just found the correct parts list, so this is great because this means that we can move forward and fix anything that needs fixing and make new boards.

An Email From Joe Letting us Know About the Situation

10.22.19

Yesterday Afternoon, 2 girls from Notre Dame Academy(NDA) came to Wildwood to discuss the details of our PDR presentation. We went over the notes I took from a phone call with NASA, and I filled them in on some of the things that they would be looking for. After that, we showed them a little bit of what we have already done, and they were quite impressed. I showed them a sample of a finished cosmic ray detector that Bob built, and one that I was in the middle of building which wasn’t yet complete. I was leading the meeting with them as well, and it ended with them getting a picture of us for their twitter page.

A Tweet That Team Athena(Notre Dame Academy) Posted After the Meeting

10.23.19

Right after the meeting with Notre Dame Academy, I had to start working on the PDR which was now our top priority. I had to read up on cosmic watch and become an expert on it basically. This meant knowing who has made what, who did what experiments relating to what we’re doing, how it came to be, etc. The parts after reading up on what I needed became a whole lot easier. With all the information I had now, all I had to do was just write a paragraph explaining why we chose to use the battery and cosmic watch. Hopefully, I can finish it on time.

10.24.19

10.25.19

Nothing that important happened because I’m pretty much caught up on everything so, it gave me time to continue soldering the circuit board. I have been doing a pretty good job with working to complete the board before the deadline so I can move forward to making more. And since I got the new correct parts list, I should be putting in the order for more parts soon.

Almost Finished Circuit Board