Tyler Schueneman – Independent Project

Tyler Schueneman – Independent Project

Class of 2017

Introduction to Topic

For my topic I chose to relate biomedical sciences back to the military, specifically the Army. When doing my internship I found many different things that i could innovate but I chose to focus on the geiger counter and radiation. Along with the soldiers I worked with I gained some knowledge from my dad who is in the army and his main duty is CBRNE( which stands for Chemical, biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive).

Project Description

So basically for what I did for my innovation, I looked around the army facility I interned at and found a bunch of technological equipment and decided on innovating a geiger counter. I thought this would be easiest because i own the geiger counter i wanted to innovate and plan to present both the new and the improved version at my senior walkthrough. I then did some research and found out what could be improved and what may not work very well. From there I moved on to a computer app called solidworks and created precise dimensions and measurements to create an innovated geiger counter using my ideas. I 3D printed my design and added on a few things to make it not look “bland and uninteresting”. I also created a web page displaying my innovation and important facts/ information on how radiation affects you and how a geiger counter is supposed to work and a social media page displaying my product and describing how it works and what its purpose is.

Experience Description

My experience in the military field dealing with both science and medical technology was very interesting! I feel as though I became a part of their unit and really fit in. I work closely with some of the higher up personnel and some of the younger servicemen. The two big people i worked with were Staff sergeant Rigney and Captain Dewitt. I interned at the 1st area medical laboratory on Aberdeen Proving ground. I was there from approximately 9AM to approximately 3-4PM. The first day I went in was kind of nerve racking because I didn’t really know anyone or any of the younger soldiers but I eventually felt right at home. They showed me and demonstrated so many different procedures and techniques whether it was PMCS (preventative maintenance checks and service or it was to taking water samples from the woods and testing what all was present in the sample. I learned on several different occasions about the different types of equipment whether it was a piece of machinery called a Hapsite ER to something as simple as a micropipette. Normally one of the first things we did was perform PMCS on all of the Humvees and the big army trucks, we also performed them on generators. We checked oil levels, make sure everything that was supposed to be inside the Humvee was present, and we made sure there was no rust! Some days were more relaxed than others, as Wednesday and Thursday were training day which means hands on work for me! I was there on a few of the training days and we performed water samples on small bodies of water in the woods, and we ran them under the Hapsite ER to test to see if there were chemicals or anything harmful present in the substance. The 1st area medical laboratories saying goes as, “The first team out”. So basically these guys are the first people to go out in the field and make sure it’s safe for other soldiers to be around or even be living in while they are on tour. The conduct air tests, water tests, etc. Around here they test for mosquitoes to identify if any are carrying diseases such as zika or anything of that manner. I got to observe how they would catch mosquitoes in traps and all. I also got to observe how the mosquitos are kept fresh and how they would be tested on machinery like the Hapsite ER. Overall this internship was awesome and i strongly recommend more people in future years turn to the military members at APG to conduct their internships.

Innovation Description

So for my independent project I had 3 main innovations, I have my geiger counter innovation that I 3D printed, I created a website about my innovation and included information about both how radiation affects you and how a geiger counter works, and lastly I created a social media account on instagram which displays my innovation and some fun facts about radiation. My main innovation, the geiger counter, which took up about 10 hours was very complex and not easy to do. I had to complete research on the victorian geiger counter and find out what was good about it, bad and what could be improved. This took quite a bit of time as I couldn’t move forward until I got a tight grasp around this concept. Once I had this completed I was able to move forward with summarizing my ideas on what I wanted to do/ and what I would do. I found that the victorian model isn’t super battery efficient and can only detect alpha and beta radioactive particles. The next step I took was coming up with model design and precise measurements, of course the geiger counter I was making wasn’t going to be able to be to scale but it would be close. So I made a model on a sheet of paper and the got into solid works on the computer to begin my 3D model. This was fairly simple to a point but I had to adjust some measurements because it was too big to be 3D printed in the machines we have. From here i finished my model and had it printed. This took about 2 days to print so i was at a standstill with that. Once it was printed I had to attach my handle to the actual base of the counter with hot glue. And i wrapped my counter in tinfoil representing the solar aspect( which will be explained later). So now for the function of my innovation…So basically I recreated a better version of the victorian geiger counter. So I found online that it can only detect alpha and beta particles so I designed mine to be able to detect the 3 different kinds of radiation there are, alpha, beta and gamma.I also found out that the battery life on geiger counters isn’t great so I designed mine to run off both a battery and a solar powered battery and charger (hints the tinfoil wrapped counter. I used tin foil to represent a sheet metal used to attract the light. The next thing I did was make my counter digital and easier to read and understand. So now the radiation meter is digital and easier to understand how much radiation is present in a certain area. I also included a detector with 3 lights attached,  one for alpha particles one for beta particles, and one for gamma rays. The one in which is detected will light up. In the counter I have also included a large battery like computer to power the digital aspects to my design. The materials I would use in real life include lots of LED’s, a metal that attracts heat and a metal that does not attract heat, a small computer like battery, and a tungsten wire and tube. The other part of my innovation that I did was my website and this is where I spent a great majority of my time with 20 plus hours! First of all I went and talked to one of my teachers, Mr.Burke, and asked him how to go about setting up a web page and from there he directed me to adobe spark. From there I created a web page about my innovation and included information about radiation and how it affects you.I included precise information and facts with cited sources along with documented photographs of my innovation and other past models. I included a picture explaining how a geiger counter works in my web page as well. And the last thing I did innovation wise was create a social media account on instagram displaying my product and including some fun facts about radiation.

Project Topic

Introduction to Topic

For my topic I chose to relate biomedical sciences back to the military, specifically the Army. When doing my internship I found many different things that i could innovate but I chose to focus on the geiger counter and radiation. Along with the soldiers I worked with I gained some knowledge from my dad who is in the army and his main duty is CBRNE( which stands for Chemical, biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive).

Project Overview

Project Description

So basically for what I did for my innovation, I looked around the army facility I interned at and found a bunch of technological equipment and decided on innovating a geiger counter. I thought this would be easiest because i own the geiger counter i wanted to innovate and plan to present both the new and the improved version at my senior walkthrough. I then did some research and found out what could be improved and what may not work very well. From there I moved on to a computer app called solidworks and created precise dimensions and measurements to create an innovated geiger counter using my ideas. I 3D printed my design and added on a few things to make it not look “bland and uninteresting”. I also created a web page displaying my innovation and important facts/ information on how radiation affects you and how a geiger counter is supposed to work and a social media page displaying my product and describing how it works and what its purpose is.

Experience

Experience Description

My experience in the military field dealing with both science and medical technology was very interesting! I feel as though I became a part of their unit and really fit in. I work closely with some of the higher up personnel and some of the younger servicemen. The two big people i worked with were Staff sergeant Rigney and Captain Dewitt. I interned at the 1st area medical laboratory on Aberdeen Proving ground. I was there from approximately 9AM to approximately 3-4PM. The first day I went in was kind of nerve racking because I didn’t really know anyone or any of the younger soldiers but I eventually felt right at home. They showed me and demonstrated so many different procedures and techniques whether it was PMCS (preventative maintenance checks and service or it was to taking water samples from the woods and testing what all was present in the sample. I learned on several different occasions about the different types of equipment whether it was a piece of machinery called a Hapsite ER to something as simple as a micropipette. Normally one of the first things we did was perform PMCS on all of the Humvees and the big army trucks, we also performed them on generators. We checked oil levels, make sure everything that was supposed to be inside the Humvee was present, and we made sure there was no rust! Some days were more relaxed than others, as Wednesday and Thursday were training day which means hands on work for me! I was there on a few of the training days and we performed water samples on small bodies of water in the woods, and we ran them under the Hapsite ER to test to see if there were chemicals or anything harmful present in the substance. The 1st area medical laboratories saying goes as, “The first team out”. So basically these guys are the first people to go out in the field and make sure it’s safe for other soldiers to be around or even be living in while they are on tour. The conduct air tests, water tests, etc. Around here they test for mosquitoes to identify if any are carrying diseases such as zika or anything of that manner. I got to observe how they would catch mosquitoes in traps and all. I also got to observe how the mosquitos are kept fresh and how they would be tested on machinery like the Hapsite ER. Overall this internship was awesome and i strongly recommend more people in future years turn to the military members at APG to conduct their internships.

Innovation

Innovation Description

So for my independent project I had 3 main innovations, I have my geiger counter innovation that I 3D printed, I created a website about my innovation and included information about both how radiation affects you and how a geiger counter works, and lastly I created a social media account on instagram which displays my innovation and some fun facts about radiation. My main innovation, the geiger counter, which took up about 10 hours was very complex and not easy to do. I had to complete research on the victorian geiger counter and find out what was good about it, bad and what could be improved. This took quite a bit of time as I couldn’t move forward until I got a tight grasp around this concept. Once I had this completed I was able to move forward with summarizing my ideas on what I wanted to do/ and what I would do. I found that the victorian model isn’t super battery efficient and can only detect alpha and beta radioactive particles. The next step I took was coming up with model design and precise measurements, of course the geiger counter I was making wasn’t going to be able to be to scale but it would be close. So I made a model on a sheet of paper and the got into solid works on the computer to begin my 3D model. This was fairly simple to a point but I had to adjust some measurements because it was too big to be 3D printed in the machines we have. From here i finished my model and had it printed. This took about 2 days to print so i was at a standstill with that. Once it was printed I had to attach my handle to the actual base of the counter with hot glue. And i wrapped my counter in tinfoil representing the solar aspect( which will be explained later). So now for the function of my innovation…So basically I recreated a better version of the victorian geiger counter. So I found online that it can only detect alpha and beta particles so I designed mine to be able to detect the 3 different kinds of radiation there are, alpha, beta and gamma.I also found out that the battery life on geiger counters isn’t great so I designed mine to run off both a battery and a solar powered battery and charger (hints the tinfoil wrapped counter. I used tin foil to represent a sheet metal used to attract the light. The next thing I did was make my counter digital and easier to read and understand. So now the radiation meter is digital and easier to understand how much radiation is present in a certain area. I also included a detector with 3 lights attached,  one for alpha particles one for beta particles, and one for gamma rays. The one in which is detected will light up. In the counter I have also included a large battery like computer to power the digital aspects to my design. The materials I would use in real life include lots of LED’s, a metal that attracts heat and a metal that does not attract heat, a small computer like battery, and a tungsten wire and tube. The other part of my innovation that I did was my website and this is where I spent a great majority of my time with 20 plus hours! First of all I went and talked to one of my teachers, Mr.Burke, and asked him how to go about setting up a web page and from there he directed me to adobe spark. From there I created a web page about my innovation and included information about radiation and how it affects you.I included precise information and facts with cited sources along with documented photographs of my innovation and other past models. I included a picture explaining how a geiger counter works in my web page as well. And the last thing I did innovation wise was create a social media account on instagram displaying my product and including some fun facts about radiation.

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