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2020 STEM Prep

What was the inspiration for your idea? The inspiration for this project was to reduce the time firefighters spend looking for shut offs etc, and to allow a faster response time to rescue victims inside a burning structure which saves the lives of the persons inside and firefighters.
How did you agree on an approach to the project? The team worked together over the course of several weeks, using the engineering design process, to generate ideas and then whether the idea could be agreed upon and put into practice.
Can you walk me through the design/engineering/experimental process? The steps of the process are: to identify the need, research the problem, develop possible solutions, select the most promising solution, construct a prototype, test and evaluate the prototype, communicate the design, and redesign. This goes in a circle.
How did your background research influence your design process? Possible answers: 1. We checked to see what has already been developed for quicker rescues in the case of fires and how to better protect firemen.
What makes your design different from previous solutions to the same problem? There were no previous solutions that involve sending information about the layout of a building, how many people are within the structure, and ways to decrease the time firefighters spend in a burning edifice, which is why our project is so unique.
How did you decide to split up your team members? We decided which team members would work on which part based on what they preferred to work on and what their skills were in each area.
What are the three main components of your project? An app was designed using the program called InVision, which will receive information from a small computer placed into a building with information on the structure and the occupants, The placement of the Raspberry Pi was modeled using Creo.
What were your main goals during this project? Our main goals during this project is to help the consumer get help faster and help firefighters by conserving time and resources.
Would you say that you have accomplished the goals of your project? Our team has designed the basic tools that can get this program started. We would need to develop a true working app and figure out ways to get the product to the consumers (firefighters, and regular people) quickly and with cost effectiveness in mind.
How did you measure the accuracy and validity of your prototype’s effectiveness? Are you able to put a prototype out in the market at this time? At this time we are unable to place an actual prototype into a home for testing but that would be a logical next step in the development process.
What are positive/negative effects of implementing this technology on a large scale? Examples could include Positives: Shortening the response time for victims of large fires and helping firefighters with health related issues from fires. Negatives: True working app, expense, distribution, incorrect information.
What was the biggest challenge faced during this project? How did you overcome it? The biggest challenge we all faced during this project was learning how to use the technology required for each aspect of our project such as 3 D modeling with Creo, programming Raspberry Pi, programming an app, and designing a website.
What was the most fun/most exciting/most surprising part of this project? The most exciting part of this project was getting to learn new skills from team members.
What would you do differently if you started again from the beginning? Probably have more research at the beginning so that we can make sure we validate what approaches have already been tried and to improve the effectivenss of working quickly.
What would be the next step to improve the design? Possible next steps could include making an actual model that would be put into a structure and tested with a working app.
Why is your project not able to be fully functional at this time? The limitations of learning how to fully program an app at this point in our schooling makes this project not yet fully functional. Also, we need to be able to have a working model of the prototype that would go into a structure and speak to the app.
How would you obtain blueprints to older structures or in homes of older people who do not have design layouts for their homes? Possible ideas for this would include getting in touch with city planners, architects, and even data that could be obtained from those living in the home. Canvassing homes might be another aspect of the project.
Could there be a liability to your team as the designers of this project? What could those liabilities be? Someone not using the app correctly and possibly becoming injured or worse, losing their lives, could present a liability to the designers of this project. There are terms in the app that users have to agree to in order to use the app.
Were there any challenges in working together as a team? How did you overcome those challenges? There were some challenges with being able to decide on what project we were going to choose. There were differences in opinion about what we wanted to do. The team ultimately ended up discussing all possiblities, the merits etc. and then voting.
Do you feel that you can take this project further? Discuss reasons you think this project can be further developed....
Did you choose any other options to start with and then discard those options? If so, why? We chose to do an algae project at first but one of our team members did some extensive research and found that a team from last year's competition had completed a project very similar to the one that our team had thought about this year.
What resources would you say that your project uses from New Mexico for communication purposes? Our team feels that one of our best resources includes the people that we have in our state, especially in concert with the industries that are present here such as Virgin Galactic, the Labs, and other engineering companies.
Did you have any professionals come in to speak to your team from the areas you researched? We had several firefighters speak to us about their jobs. We also had a designer from Sandia who uses 3 D modeling, specifically Creo and also a software engineer from NRAO, and a satellite engineer and also an app developer.
Who benefits from this project or who is your target audience? The main benefactors of this project would be firefighters, architects, city planners, and regular consumers.
What exactly does your product do? A Raspberry Pi is put in a building and contains information about a structure and its occupants, then sends information to the app from InVision, and then communicates this to the firefighters or others about where rooms are in a structure and shutoffs
Created by: JeanneK



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