meet our 2017 grant winners!

by:INDUSTRIAL-MAN     2019-09-24
Capstone project: building an air pollution detector in 2015, Omar witnessed the environmental crisis in Lebanon and realized the importance of people being able to access pollution data in the area in daily life.
With his funding, he will build an air pollution sensor and share the data with his community.
He will prototype several versions of the sensor to experiment and determine which sensors work best.
How did you develop this idea for your grant project?
I was thinking that different events had problems with my community.
The Lebanese garbage crisis in 2015 was one of them. I remember the terrible effects of garbage burning on air pollution.
From there, I started thinking about the country I currently live in: The community of Kuwait.
I want to create something small, but it may have a butterfly effect.
This is what I plan to do in my project: start collecting air pollution data to make people aware of the importance of air quality and start taking action.
What is the impact of participating in the MIT program on the way you see the world?
After attending the MIT program, my view of the world has changed positively.
As I read articles or posts about different inventions and advances happening in the world, I am now starting to think about how the project is executed, what technology is needed, and how much time and money it takes.
I\'ll simply think it\'s a good idea before the show starts and move on, but now I have a more analytical and curious point of view.
The MIT project inspired my curiosity.
Where do you hope to be in the future?
I hope to study at the top technical college in engineering, preferably at MIT.
After that, I am not sure, but I hope to lead my own way.
Capstone Project: solar car workshop at Anica Volunteer Monument crisis center, located in a crisis center in her community, she knows that many young people there have not been exposed to engineering and technology.
During their annual summer camp, she plans to hold a workshop where students can build their own solar energy-
Cars that provide motivation while learning the basics of engineering, problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.
She wants them to leave the workshop with more confidence and see the technology --
As a fun and achievable driving career.
How did you develop the idea of your service work at the Boys and Girls Club?
In the eighth grade, I took a class in robotics and engineering.
Because this is an introductory class, we are taught the basic principles and thinking processes of engineering through challenges and projects without the need for a mathematical and physical background.
I took inspiration from this approach because I hope that the children I will teach in crisis centres will be introduced into technology in an interesting way without making it look like another one at school
My experience at MIT this summer also inspired me a lot.
At the MIT OpenAg lab, we learned rapid prototyping with Nat Geo expert Caleb Harper, which taught us to work together and plan quickly and efficiently.
The OpenAg lab also taught me critical thinking skills and how to complete the design challenges efficiently.
I would like to share these skills with the students I will teach.
At FabLab In South Boston, I was inspired by their motto: \"Learn to teach, learn to teach\" and \"I also incorporated part of their student mentor policy into my project
What is the impact of participating in the MIT program on the way you see the world?
The MIT project has shown me all possible different types of engineering and careers.
I listened to the story of how people turned failure into success, and now I see how technology solves problems.
This can have such a huge impact on our world, whether it\'s helping someone walk again or growing food in a country where agriculture is not a choice.
Why do you think it is important for high school students to give back to the community?
As high school students, we must thank us for all the opportunities and things we have given.
You should give back to your community because of the rewards you get, not because of what it thinks about college applications.
At school, you can\'t teach yourself how to be a good person, but you can learn by giving back to the community.
The most satisfying feeling I find is knowing that you have changed someone\'s life.
Capstone project: in the third grade, Austin participated in the land conservation environmental education program on the Palos vides peninsula, the Natural History and native planting in the land conservation of the Palos vides Peninsula, to learn about the natural history of the region.
He applied for funding to further develop the program, providing a field trip to allow young students to hike in the landscape they know about and help plant local species.
Austin is pleased to provide opportunities for children to feel connected to the surrounding land and to be proud of their ability to help protect the outdoor space.
How did you develop this idea for your grant project?
I began to think about activities and organizations that initially began to be interested in the natural world and inspire me.
I immediately thought of the third grade naturalist program I attended through the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservation Association.
This day\'s environmental education creates a connection and a sense of responsibility for the natural spaces around me.
Being able to expand this experience for others will be the perfect way to end my high school career at the Water Conservancy Academy and give back an organization that helps me find my passion for life.
How does participating in the Boulder project affect the way you see the world?
The Boulder project has enabled me to connect with people in various disciplines that differ in Conservation and Natural Science.
Having conversations with researchers in the areas I intend to study gives me an unprecedented opportunity to see what life is like on the career path.
Second, I was surprised by the enthusiasm of my classmates from all over the country and around the world for the environment.
This broad appreciation of the natural world is heartening.
Where do you hope to be in the future?
I would like to receive a Bachelor/Master\'s degree in evolutionary biology and ecology from CU Boulder and start working as a National Park Service biologist.
Before starting my PhD, I want to be a federal biologist for a few years.
Eventually became a professor.
This is my first grant but definitely not my last one!
Capstone Project: engineering workshop in middle school Liam is excited to say that his high school now offers engineering courses and Liam proposes to create a workshop so that young students in his hometown can start learning STEM in middle school
He will hold engineering workshops with other high school students so that children can make their own LED display screens.
Liam wants to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by showing directly how to solve large-scale problems to create beautiful and practical things.
How did you develop this idea for your grant project?
When I was in middle school, I had no exposure to engineering or any of its applications.
This inspired my funding ideas and I wanted to come up with a project to educate middle school students about engineering in a fun and engaging way.
I want to motivate middle school students with both handson environment.
To do this, I adjusted my junior project --
LED display that responds to music
A smaller version that middle school students can take home to enjoy.
What is the impact of participating in the MIT program on the way you see the world?
The MIT experience tells me about the various ways Engineering and Science influence our daily lives.
I learned about technical applications that I didn\'t know anything about, which inspired me to pursue a major in science and engineering in college.
I do not realize that science and technology are the solutions to the biggest problems facing mankind.
Why do you think it is important for high school students to give back to the community?
All the changes eventually took place at the local level.
I want to build momentum by instilling passion for science and technology in my school district.
I plan to pass on this program to another high school student at graduation to expand the legacy.
In this way, middle school students will be constantly exposed to the potential of science and technology.
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