Video: From Outer Space to Sub Surface: Seismic Vibrations and the impact of COVID-19 Lockdown

On July 15, 2020, Artash Nath gave a presentation on Seismic Vibrations, how to measure them and on what impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on these vibrations. He spoke at the online Recreational Astronomy Night meeting of the RASC, Toronto Centre, Canada. Artash is a student in Grade 8 and is a member of the RASC, Toronto Centre.

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Workshop for Students on Space, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Artash Nath and Arushi Nath On 29 August 2020, we delivered an online workshop for students from schools and colleges on space, artificial intelligence and big data. The workshop was organised by Nova77 who are the organisers of SpaceApps Vegas. It was attended by 25 students. The recording of the webinar is available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=sSv4NTZIMIw&feature=emb_logo During the workshop we talk about our NASA SpaceApps COVID19 Global Winning project “The Masked Scales” project. The project…

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Around the Universe in 6 years: How I completed my RASC Explore the Universe Certificate?

Arushi Nath, 10 years. Toronto On the 6th of July 2020, I completed my “Explore the Universe” observing program of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). I got my Observing Certificate and my first Observing Pin. Both hang prominently from my study table that is next to my telescope reminding me of my journey exploring the universe. I started observing in 2014 when I was 5 years. What took me so long? Completing the…

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We are Global Winners of 2020 NASA SpaceApps COVID-19 Challenge: our 7 years journey since SpaceApps 2014!

Artash (14 years) and Arushi (10 years). Toronto. We are excited to become the global winners of the 2020 NASA SpaceApps COVID-19 Challenge from among 2,000 teams from 150 countries. The six Global Winners will be invited to visit a NASA Rocket Launch site to view a spacecraft launch along with the SpaceApps Organizing team once travel is deemed safe. They will also receive an invitation to present their projects to NASA, ESA, JAXA, CNES,…

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The Silence of Canadian Cities and Oceans: The Impact of Covid19 Lockdown

Artash Nath, Grade 8 Student, Toronto. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic. By then it had spread to at least 110 countries. The announcement made by WHO had a cascading effect. Cities, territories, and countries around the world ended up declaring states of emergency. Schools, universities, malls, non-essential services, government and private offices were closed putting cities under seige. The streets, roads, marketplaces, public spaces,…

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Scientific Computing With Python (SciPy2020) Conference: My Participation and Presentation

Artash Nath. Grade 8 Student. Toronto. Canada. COVID19 has disrupted education for students around the world. It has closed doors to schools, colleges, and universities. But it has also opened new opportunities. Being able to attend scientific conferences in our areas of interest virtually is one such opportunity. It is difficult for school students to attend physical conferences because of financial costs, the time needed to stay away from school, inability to travel on their…

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Dragonfly DroNeS (Drone+ Neurons + Sensors): Wins BMT Global Home STEM Challenge 2020

Arushi Nath, Grade 5. Making things is learning. When I build things I learn a lot of new things. Making things is also a fun and creative activity. The availability of easy to use electronic components, microcontrollers, and programming tools means that I can easily turn things I imagine into reality. The more you make things the better you get at making more complex projects. And then you have to keep looking for even more…

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The Masked Scales: Sonification of Impact of COVID19 Lockdown (Toronto Lockdown Musical)

Artash Nath and Arushi Nath. On 12 March 2020, it was announced that all public schools in Ontario would close further for 2 weeks after the March break due to the COVID19 lockdown. The initial excitement of a longer March break soon turned to boredom when it became clear the schools will not open for the rest of the academic year. We were waking up later and later every morning. And even then we could…

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From Outer Space to Sub Surface: Seismology and Applying Machine Learning to Big Data Sets

Artash Nath, Grade 8 Student. I was thrilled to be offered a slot to speak at the TRANSFORM 2020 Virtual Conference. Transform 2020 is a week-long celebration of digital geoscience, with hackathons, tutorials, lightning talks, and group discussions, organized by the Software Underground. Software Underground is a grass-roots community of subsurface professionals — academic and applied geologists, geophysicists, resource engineers, and others — who write code and use computers in their work. In short, it…

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Machine Learning, Exoplanets, Stellar Noise: Wins 3 Ribbons at Youth Science Canada Online STEM Fair 2020

Artash Nath The Inaugural Youth Science Canada (YSC) Online STEM Fair was held in May 2020. The STEM Fair is a showcase for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects that reflect the curiosity and creativity of Canadian youth and is open to all students in grades 7-12. The Fair received 635 STEM project entries from students from across Canada. Addressing eight challenges: agriculture, fisheries and food; curiosity and ingenuity; digital technology; disease and illness,…

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