HackOHI/O is 10:00am November 2nd to 10:00am November 3rd. I will spend those 24 working with my team to decide what our project will be as well as starting and completing a large part of the project.
After the Hackathon I will spend a couple hours documenting everything that my team did. Then I will see how far we got and what can be improved or tweaked. I will then spend the remaining 16 hours of the capstone project improving on our project and continuing to document my work.
For my capstone project I am going to be participating in the Ohio State’s Hackathon, HackOHI/O. The Hackathon is a 24 hour coding competition. There are challenges set up by the sponsors that can be used to come up with project ideas, or each team can come up with an idea on their own. Hackathons are a way for people to create projects that showcase their skills as well as benefits other. https://hack.osu.edu/2019/#challenges is a link to the challenges that have already been posted. These challenges help the companies that came up with them and can be used in the future. For example, JPMorgan Chase’s challenge is to create a “financial technology project that gives back to your community in a positive way”. Also, the ENGIE challenge is a way of looking at the amount of energy Ohio State’s campus uses and the winner of this challenge could have their project implemented at Ohio State where students and faculty can use it daily. My team is going to look at the challenges released the day of the Hackathon, but the current plan is to come up with our own idea. We want to work with concepts that we have not learned before so that we can expand out knowledge and challenges ourselves past what we learn in class. The Hackathon is also a good time to try out coding concepts that you are not as familiar with. It is a time to learn and improve. According to The Tech Advocate (https://www.thetechedvocate.org/benefits-participating-hackathon/), “intense problem-solving environments like hackathons facilitate the creation of innovative ideas and concepts”. There are mentors there that can help me learn and be successful. By participating in HackOHI/O I will get the opportunity to learn new concepts that I might not have had the chance to learn otherwise. I will also be able to meet many other students with similar interests to me as well as representatives from HackOHI/O’s sponsors. Overall, HackOHI/O will be beneficial to me as well as the companies that sponsor the event.
While living on campus, I often see people promoting recycling and teaching students what can and cannot be recycled. It is important that people know what can be recycled, because one wrong thing in the recycling bin can caused everything to be unable to be recycled. The article I read, How Robots are Revolutionizing Recycling, talks about an artificial intelligence (AI) robot that is able to sort through recycles and pick on certain pieces based on material, size, shape, color, or other identifying factors. This would allow recycled material to be sorted through quickly to ensure that only items that are actually recyclable are recycled. These robots are able to learn on their own from previous sorting experiences which would allow them to adjust as conditions and other variables change. Some material recovery facilities (MRF) have begun to use these robots to sort through all of the material that they get. Companies often get a mix of construction and demolition materials that need to be sorted through and have specific pieces taken out. The robots can do this much faster and more accurately than humans. These robots have just recently begun to be tested, but they have had success so far and will continue to be used in the future.
As of now, the robots seem to be working properly, but there is a chance that they could malfunction and start sorting things incorrectly. This would be a problem because it would cause the MRF to lose time and money. Also, having AI robots sort the recyclables will cause the people currently doing that to lose their jobs. This is beneficial to the companies because they will save money, but it is not good for the people losing their jobs. As long as the robots continue to function properly, I see a lot of benefits from them. On a lower level, many places, such as restaurants or college campuses can use these robots to sort through trash and recyclables. Most people don’t know what can be recycles, so having a machine that can do that for them will allow more than to be recycles which will help the environment. Also, the MRF that are using these machines will save a significant amount of time and have more accurate results. These machines will really help out the environment by allowing more to be recycled.
Taylor, B. (2019, January 30). How robots are revolutionizing recycling. Retrieved from https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/recycling-robots-ai-sorting/
Coming in to college, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how I would adjust be being on my own, or being in college classes. Overall, I transitioned better than I thought I would. I quickly got use to being at school and on my own.
In terms of my classes, they were definitely more work than high school. I would learn a topic and lecture, but it was up to me to make sure I understood it and review the topics after class. At the beginning of the year I was really good at getting all of my homework and assignments done and turned in on time, but I wasn’t as good at studying the topics along the way. I would usually start studying a couple days before the test. This didn’t work very well, especially when I would have multiple midterms in one week. I had to adjust and study along that way, so when I would study for the midterm a few days before, I understood the topics a lot better and I could do better on the test.
I have made many friends since starting college. Being in a scholars program allowed me to live with a group of students that have similar interests to me. Many of the STEM scholars had talked to each other during the summer, so I came to school already recognizing many people. Living with them made us all really close and even though everyone in STEM scholars doesn’t have to live together next year, I chose to live with people from my floor again next year. I have also made friends with people in some of my classes which is nice because I am then able to study with them. I have found that studying with other people is very helpful and I will continue to do that throughout college.
I have also joined many clubs in college. I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) where I have been able to learn a lot about tips for getting internships and jobs and I have been able to volunteer and teach kids about engineering. SWE has been a great club to be involved in and I look forward to going to more of their events next year. I also joined an engineering social sorority (Phi Sigma Rho). I have met and become friends with many girls that have similar majors to me. This is helpful because I have upperclassmen that I can ask questions about classes I will take in the future. I have really enjoyed my time in the sorority so far.
Overall, my first year of college has been great in so many ways. I look forward to being back in Columbus in a few months for my sophomore year.
During my second semester of college I decided to join the engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho. After talking to many of the girls at the recruitment events, it seemed like a place I would fit in. I joined because it is a good way to make friends with similar interests to me. Being around other girls in engineering is very helpful when studying for class. They understand the work that engineering entails and with so many upperclassmen, there is always someone with advice on the classes you are taking. Although I have only been a part of the sorority for a short amount of time, I have become friends with many of the girls through sisterhood events. Also, I have become friends with many of the girls in my pledge class. In addition to meeting people, being in an engineering sorority will help me find internships in the future. Many of the girls have connection with places they have worked previously and they know who I can talk to about getting an internship. Phi Sigma Rho does a lot of philanthropy, so I am able to find ways to volunteer and help out in the community. Once I have been in the sorority for longer, I can eventually hold a leadership position. There are many roles that I believe I would be good at and I hope to one day have a position. This will give me good leadership experience and it would be for an organization that I am passionate about. My time in Phi Sigma Rho has been great so far and I look forward to spending the next three years in this sorority.
Coming into college I did not really know what to expect. I had been in high school for the past four years and I had gotten used to how I would study and prepare for my classes. I knew that I would have to change these methods once I got to college, I just was not sure of what these changes would entail. The first thing I realized in college was the change in homework. In high school I would get assignments that were due the next day, so I would come home, complete my assignments, then be done with homework for night. In college this is not the case. I get assigned homework that is due in a few days to a week, so I can choose how early I want to start working on it. Additionally, there is always more homework that can be done. When I have finished all of my homework due the next day, there is always something else I can be working on. Working ahead to be prepared for the days to come is something I had to get used to doing once I got to college. Also, in high school I would come home from school and work on homework alone in my room with no distractions. In college, there are always people on my floor or friends in my room that can distract me from my homework. I had to learn how to stay focused, or even find places away from my dorm that I could go and work on homework in a quiet space. Overall, I would say that I have adjusted well to college and I have been able to find ways to overcome the changes that occurred when transitioning from high school to college.
Going into college, I knew I wanted to start working out since OSU offers so many amazing reasources for that purpose. The RPAC is a great facility to use, but when I do not want to walk that far, I can go to the North Rec which is right near my dorm. They both offer many classes that I can attend, or I can just stop in and use the equipment they provide. Going to the gym is important to me because I want to stay active while in college. Between classes, homework, and clubs it is often hard to find time for other activities such as the gym. Living so close to the North Rec has made going to the gym easy and not too time consuming. Additionally, this is an activity that I can do with friends as a social activity. I am glad that OSU has made working out so easy for me to do while in college.
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