October 2010 Archives
This past weekend I was in Washington D.C helping out in one of the UML exhibits at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. This festival had more than 700 booths from schools and companies around the USA, even Mythbusters were there. I was helping out in the group called "Service through Engineering" which represents both the SLICE and the Assistive Technology Program here in school. It was a pleasure of being part of this activity, especially because the main purpose of this festival was to increase the interested of kids and youth in science and engineering.
The mission for this festival was:
"Our mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States."
In our booth we had two projects:
1. The first one was a "Pill Maker" in which kids and also adults had the opportunity to make a dye indicator pill for the Peru Project. This pill helps people in Peru to drink bacteria-free water because the color of the water after this pill in put in it indicates whether or not the water still has any bacteria in it. At first, the pill turns the water blue and after it's been exposed under the UV rays of the sun, the water turns back to it's clear color indicating the water if safe to drink.
2. The second project was a "Voice Recognition System" in which by using only voice commands the users turn on and off either of the three items we had displaying. We had a fan, an aquarium and a lamp. People were very amazed with this project. Kids were the best, their faces were priceless when they turned the objects on and off by only using their voice. They were really excited and they couldn't believe what was happening. I will never forget their faces. They always put a smile on my face.
I had a very long weekend and we worked very hard for long hours but it was very worth it. I'm so happy I was asked to be a participant in this festival. It was an experience I'll never forget and I would be more than happy to do it again.
Here's the website in case you guys are curious to know more about it: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/
See you next week!
I just came back from my trip. Florida was awesome… not only because of the great weather but because I had so much fun and I was totally inspired afterwards. The HENAAC conference focuses on identifying, honoring and documenting the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American in science, engineering, technology and math. They are dedicated to highlight Hispanic Talent in the United States and inspire future generations. This is the third time I attend this conference and every time I come back home very motivated. The HENAAC conference was a great opportunity to meet professionals who have succeeded in the STEM field. I had the opportunity to network with professionals from companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Chevron, Ford, NASA, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and more. As well, I was able to network with other Engineering students in the United States. I met people from MIT, Penn State, Cal Pomona, and Florida International University. As a scholarship recipient by Booz Allen Hamilton I’m very thankful for the opportunity to attend the HENAAC conference and meet the Hispanic community in the STEM field.
After three days of extensive work, Great Minds in STEM gave away World Disney passes to the HENAAC attendees. This was my first time in Disney World and it was unforgettable. I always wanted to go to Magic Kingdom and meet Mickey Mouse.
I had a fun long weekend and I'm very motivated to keep working very hard because I want to be like all these people I met over the weekend and want to people to hear my story one day!
Have a nice short week… See you next week!