Coding for Good Hackathon Reflection

We conducted a SWOT analysis with service and it was really useful. We learned a lot of things and have begun planning for next years hackathon. Growing from our learnings, we want to make it more professional and invite a larger audience. This will require a lot more planning and we should probably start planning soon. The biggest changes that I would want to make for next year is to construct a very organized schedule. This was also the plan for this years but since we were not really sure what we were doing we couldn’t fill it out and follow it very well. Moreover, I am most worried about who will continue this next year with the same passion. I will stay on and look over but I know I can not be as involved as I was this year.

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Coding for Good – SWOT + New members

In Coding for Good we did very little advertisement but were still able to  get 10 new members. They all seemed interested and something that Coding for Good is very happy about is its high retention rate. We guess that this is because people who sign up are very interested in engineering and design and find that this is what Coding for Good offers and so want to stay. Moreover, everyone in our club is very friendly and open. The way Mr. Kann runs it is kind of like an open environment where students are free to do what they want in groups and they can ask help and learn together.

We conducted a SWOT analysis which actually differs from our usual club sessions. This is because the schedule of club is very flowing and usually not structured. Differing from this, it was strange but it was nice to see how everyone came together and worked for the better of the service. I am linking the docs below.

Creativity: Book review

I have taken up reading again and I decided that since I have opinions on the books I read I might as well put them somewhere. After reading Great Gatsby in SL Lang Lit with Mr. Sweeting, I was recommended Hemmingway. I had asked a friend for recommendations and I told him that I had just recently finished Gatsby and I enjoyed it a lot, and also finished Steinbeck’s’ Of Mice and Men and really really enjoyed that. I said that I enjoyed their style of writing and evoking empathy with such a nuanced and subtle voice that is riddled with deeper meaning and analysis. So, I was recommended Hemmingway. I could not find the Old Man and the Sea in the library at my first attempt but I needed something to read so I picked up The Sun Also Rises. I have just recently finished it and, nothing surprising, also enjoyed it. I think because I picked it up for a light read, while I was reading it I could not pick up on the nuances and deeper meanings and so a lot of pivotal moments passed by me unnoticed. This is of course because of Hemingway’s writing style, called the Iceberg effect I think. This book was so good it made me read the whole SparkNotes of it and it wasn’t even assigned.  After reading further literary reviews and papers, I found greater respect for the character of Brett and the author. Moreover, I have been used to reading older books (before this I had read Dickens and some old Japanese book), and so when researching online and finding that Hemmingway’s original manuscripts and notes were still intact and could be analyzed was fascinating to me. I also enjoyed the literary relationship Hemmingway had with Fitzgerald. While I was reading the Sun Also Rises, I also made connections to all the context and analysis we did in English class for Gatsby. I enjoyed this since after my IOC I was quite disappointed. Not only with my performance, but that I had prepared so much for getting Fitzgerald that once I was done I was not sure what to do with all my knowledge. Who was I to share how Gatsby was a figure of the American Dream and the graffiti on his steps at the end of the book draws reminiscent of America’s foundation of criminal activity and that the greatness of Gatsby was as figurative and hyperbolic as the same adjective being used to describe its muse?

Badminton Initial Reflection

Learning a new sport is really fun and I enjoy it. However, there are also many things that I found difficult. The motions are a bit difficult and since I have just started playing I am not that comfortable in those stances. Moreover, during rally’s your neck needs to be craned high for long periods of time. I am not used to this and so I will have to work on this. Moreover, I am not that used to move around the court. I have never been used to playing on courts as throughout my childhood I am more used to spatial awareness in fields. I was actually quite good at my spatial awareness on a field. I was good at it because I played football and my position became central defense for most of my childhood. I really enjoyed playing football and I try and play it whenever I can nowadays since I don’t want to lose contact with the sport. It is just so much fun to play and I am really thankful that I was part of a competitive team from young as this has helped me develop a fighting and competitive spirit. It has also helped me become a team player as I had to always be aware of where I am relative to the ball and also where my team players are.

In badminton, it is just me on one court. This huge difference has been a struggle for me to adapt to but I am enjoying the challenge. My calves aren’t as worn out as they would have been if I had taken up football this year, that’s for sure. Badminton, on the other hand, strains my biceps and core more. Badminton players must be very deft and agile to move around the court quickly. One of the largest differences I have found that has been the biggest struggle in my transition to Badminton is the time length. In football, I am used to playing for the long term – starting out slow, then a very intense play before break and intense to slow again. My brain has been trained to endure long sessions of playing and as a defensive player, I was never trained on having to score. As I got older, I started playing some more central, and I played attack once or twice in games just before I left the sport. It is a very different mindset and I enjoy both. In badminton, the games are much shorter, lasting 2 or 3 minutes. I was not aware of this. I have had to change how I play and think about competitive games because of this.

Art: Blender Project – Newtons Cradle

I love art and I miss it a lot. I wish I had not given it up completely this year as that was my ‘thing’ for so long. Moving towards a more tech-centric me, I have taken up 3D animation. I find this interesting and challenging and I enjoy it. I did a few projects last summer and decided to start another one now. The whole that art has left has been filled up – and overflowed – with Physics. This happened very organically – my project idea just so happened to be, creating Newtons Cradle. I have just started and want to set a goal to finish this after Project Week.

I really like this and want to merge this skill with data analysis in some way later on in life. I can see a lot of uses as I am concurrently learning about Databases in HL Computer Science

SheLeads w Ruki Roy: Reflection

SheLeads was an event that I found out through Coding for Good. It was an event where the organizer Ruki Roy reached out to her contacts for help. Coding for Good was part of helping build their website and part of their advertising team. The event was a conference aimed towards young female aspiring engineers; Ruki made sure, however, to not make the event exclusive and not only catered towards girls. Ruki reached out to a ton of different inspiring speakers whom she video conferenced in. The impressive list includes a former NASA director, NASA engineers, and Georgia Tech and Standford current students. (The poster I created is below) She is an aeronautical engineering student at Georgia Tech with a Brooke Owens Fellowship. I found this event very cool and chose to help organize this event.

I think that I took a lot away from this event. I could not help but draw comparisons to Coding for Goods Hackathon. There was so much I learnt from watching Ruki lead the event – she was filled with confidence and was not scared at all. Things went wrong and she took it in her stride. I found this very inspiring. There are plans for next year, and it looks like Coding for Good will be taking a larger role in this. Things to take away were the advertising had to be better and the audience should have probably been a bit more filtered and perhaps more mature.

EE Day reflection

Today I decided on which route to take for my EE by doing preliminary experiments to see if there is a solid relationship between what I am testing. There was a slight but consistent difference of around 6% between the depth and upthrust. This allows for me to continue my experimentation at the pool once I make a few more adjustments to my model, to reduce uncertainties in setup. Moreover, I have made many approximations but still have not accounted for them and this needs to be done before I head to the pool. I am proud that I was able to set up a prototype method with relative accuracy in measurements and that there was actually a relationship evident in about one meter depth. All of this allows me to be more confident when I reach the pool.

During planning for what I was going to do during the day, I was certain of another topic, the ascent rate of a diver depending on its volume. I had planned relevant preliminary tests and developed a model for that, but I chose not to go with this after discovering that there was a relationship with my initial idea. Now that there is, I have to go back to analyzing the static model and derive a relationship between depth and buoyancy. Moreover, as my experiment is related to fluid dynamics there is space for my experiment to go either extremely complicated or, on the other hand, extremely simple. I fear that I am on the ledge between it going simple due to my approximations. However, if I am able to explain the phenomena occurring and elaborate on why I chose my approximations, explaining what would have happened if I (for example) acknowledged that the flow of water was not laminar and gas was not ideal and so on.

My main objective currently is to first, make changes to my set-up, and then cement a working model. Next, I would like to finish my EE outline. I feel that this is extremely helpful to keep me paced and that I should clean up and collate all my research in one place as doing this will help me when I am writing my background theory and creating my citations. Lastly, I was talking to a physics teacher and they said it may be possible to get a Houdini style clear acrylic container about 2 metres tall with a 1 meter square base. However, I will have to find the manufacturer myself and ask the department to purchase it. I will have to weigh how useful this is and how much it will benefit my experiment.

Initial Reflection

Before my first meeting with my supervisor, I made sure to research relevant fundamental principles in textbooks and online, so that I had a better understanding of my topic leading to a more constructive discussion. I quickly learnt that to investigate my initial research question, the experimental setup required would be difficult to achieve and so accuracy would be compromised as it would be difficult to keep other variables constant, especially ensuring laminar flow in the testing liquid, due to various practical problems. Therefore, my supervisor suggested that I focus on creating an accurate set-up to minimize such errors and also find or create a correct liquid container that will allow for the relationship between depth and upthrust on the gas, accounting for some disruptions in flow, to be seen. This then allows me to spend a lot of time conducting test trials and revising my set up so that my final data will be viable.

Participating in the Knitathon

The service knitting for Katike held a Knit-a-thon where volunteers came together for 24 hours to knit as much as they could. All of the finished products would be sent to children in Katike with not enough protective clothing to withstand the harsh winter months in the mountains. The knitathon was open to pro knitters and beginners alike.
During middle school, I was actually part of a crochet club and so in part due to nostalgic emphasis, I was eager to volunteer my Tuesday afternoon to this noble cause. I guess, I was also very interested in how this “a-thon” was run, as my “hack-a-thon” had ended only a week back and I wanted to compare and see if there were improvements to be made next time.
The experience was heartwarming as members of the GC/Focus-group shared intimate stories about their experiences with the GC and the hardships that the children they were supporting had to go through. Moreover, the environment was comforting as students were sitting comfortably in nooks around the classroom, or laying on pillows and cushions watching TV as they knitted. There was music playing and it was a relaxing hour right before the G11 mock exams.
If you needed help in your knitting, members of the GC were very happy to come and help you. Overall, it was a great experience and I enjoyed it immensely.