Predicting Exoplanetary Atmosphere using Machine Learning: The ARIEL Data Challenge 2019

Artash Nath, Grade 8 Student. Over 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered by space and ground-based telescopes. There may be billions or even trillions of these exoplanets in our galaxy alone. The NASA’s ongoing Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission is building upon the legacy of the now-retired Kepler Space Telescope and searching for possible planets around nearby bright stars. More space-based telescopes are in the pipeline to accelerate this search for the exoplanets such as the…

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Merging Music, Maths and Maryam Mirzakhani (2014 Fields Medal Winner) using Python Programming

Vikas Nath, Artash Nath, Arushi Nath Every year the Fields Institute in Toronto organises a public Symposium to celebrate the achievements of recent Fields Medallists. Fields Medals are the most prestigious awards given in mathematics (described as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics). They are awarded every four years to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. Late Maryam Mirzakhani (2014 Fields Medal Winner) The Symposium is followed by…

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Mini MakerFaire 2019, Deer Park School: Apollo 11, 50 Years Outreach

50 years ago Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on Moon on 20 July 1969. It was the first time in human history that people left planet Earth to walk on another world. To commemorate this event, and more importantly to inspire the next generation to think big and further deep space exploration, we organized a couple of events in and around Toronto where we displayed our space projects…

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Rovers, Parachutes, and Life on Mars: Reflections from the Ontario Rover Rally

On July 28, 2019 (Sunday) the first Ontario Rover Rally was held at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event was organized by a committee of undergraduate and graduate students of McMaster University with mentorship from the McMaster Engineering Society and Faculty of Engineering, the Canadian Mars Society, and the ​Canadian Space Technology Advancement Group. Group picture of all the Rover Team Members The Ontario Rover Rally was a very unique and…

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Apollo 11 Outreach

Artash and Arushi conducted a parachute building workshop on 24 July 2019. Incidentally 50 years ago on this day, Neil Armstrong… 30 kids participated in the activity. The challenge was to land the parachute with a model astronaut in it with the slowest descent rate possible. Artash and Arushi gave an overview about rockets and how they function. They briefed the kids of the size of parachutes used by Apollo 11 module, the weight it…

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Making Music using Machine Learning: Music Making Machine (M3)

Artash Nath, 13 years. Robots are usually associated with automation, science, and engineering. But can robots have other talents? If you play a melody to a robot, would it be able to comprehend it and come up with a musical response?  Can it learn music, compose its own musical, compete with humans, and even surpass them? Could robots be the next Jonas Brothers, Imagine Dragons, or Mozart? Kids lining up to play with the Music Making…

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Beyond Moon: Moving Autonomously using Real-time Stereo vision (MARS) Rover powered by Artificial Intelligence

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” And seven years later, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the lunar surface. We are now celebrating 50 years of moon landing! Our MARS Rover The time has come to do other things, including putting…

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NASA Sounding Rocket Experiment: Effects of Ionizing Radiation in Space on Commercial Off-The Shelf Technologies (COTS)

Artash Nath My experiment on “Effects of Ionizing Radiation in Space” has been selected for sub-orbital space flight on a sounding rocket during Rocket Week  (June 14-21, 2019) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The experiment was submitted as a part of the Cubes in Space competition. Cubes in Space is an idoodledu inc., a program in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Colorado Space…

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Star Colors: (B)lue is for Rigel, (R)ed is for Betelgeuse

To a casual observer, all stars may appear white. But they are not. Stars come in different colors: Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, and White. They are differently colored because they have different surface temperatures. And objects at different temperatures emit different colors. Star Colors in Fahrenheit (not Kelvins) Hotter stars emit a shorter wavelength of light and appear blue or blue-white. While the cooler stars emit a longer wavelength of light and appear red. We…

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STEM Showcase 2019: Presentation and Demos to Students, Parents and School Groups

Demonstration of projects at STEM Showcase buy Artash and Arushi The STEM Showcase hosted by CCMA is a STEM fair to exhibit the talents of children across the region. It was held at the Ontario Science Centre on June 6 -7, 2019. Artash and Arushi were invited to the event as Speakers as well as to give demonstrations of some of their projects. Presentation on how to be STEM-inspired, make, learn and teach others Artash…

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