MAGIC Emergency Preparedness Project: Analyzing the 2017 Meramec River Flood

I was privileged with the opportunity to work on the MAGIC Emergency Preparedness project as a part of the NASA SEES High School Internship program. My team included myself, Janine Fleming, Rishu Mohanka, Valerie Chen, Sam Mosby, and Sara Komaiha. A recount of my experiences can be found here. This post will be detailing my work more extensively and be giving an overview of my team’s findings. Parts of this may also be found in brief within the SEES presentations video as well. Credit and thanks to my team mentor Ms. Teresa Howard for her support and mentorship in this thought-provoking project.

My team specifically dealt with remote sensing and gathering of datasets of the Meramec River in St. Louis, Missouri to gain understanding of the 2017 Meramec River Flood (occurred April 29 – May 9). Objectives include uncovering its aftermath, studying maps created in response to the flood to determine its accuracy and usefulness, learning about the challenges of working with data, and improving the information collected during the flooding event. We compared and contrasted pre-event, event, and post-event imagery obtained with U.S. and European satellites.

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Living the Dream: Becoming a NASA SEES High School Intern (Part 3)

Author’s Note: This is a series of three posts.

Part 3

Monday, July 24

I loved everything I did within these two weeks, but nothing could compare to this. The Johnson Space Center. Gosh, I haven’t been here since a child, and I saw things that I’d never imagine I would see–like top-notch stuff!

We started off the tour by visiting the Mission Control Center. There’s actually a Historic Mission Control Center and the current Mission Control Center. The Historic Mission Control Center was used during the Apollo missions, and the consoles were greatly less advanced than one smartphone today. It’s crazy to think that that sort of technology had the power to get men to the moon. Unfortunately, the Historic Mission Control Center was being renovated or else we would have been able to go in there and look at it all close-up, but it was still really cool to see in person.

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Living the Dream: Becoming a NASA SEES High School Intern (Part 2)

Author’s Note: This is a series of three posts.

Part 2

Wednesday, July 19

Dr. Hum Mandell gave us his presentation Explore Mars on Wednesday, discussing the Space Race, history leading up to Mars exploration (specifically the geopolitical reasons as to why), and future implications regarding going to Mars. He used to be a part of the Mars/Moon Exploration Program and his inspiration transpired from von Braun, a scientist who built rockets for the Germans. I thought it was really cool how Dr. Mandell had not only watched von Braun’s rockets launch but sat right next to him during the Apollo landing because of his luck in the lottery.

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Afterwards, we got into teams to do the Heavy Lifting Activity consisting of building a rocket design that would send a payload (i.e. small cup with 50 paper clips) into the ceiling along a string (attached to the floor and ceiling).

We modified our design multiple times, but it never did quite reach the ceiling. I guarantee that if we had more time, we probably would’ve figured it out. I guess the best part about it was epically failing because it made us think about what could’ve went wrong.

I think it’s more fun that way too.

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Living the Dream: Becoming a NASA SEES High School Intern (Part 1)

Author’s Note: This is a series of three posts.

Part 1

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It was exactly two years ago. I was looking for STEM high school internships, and somehow I came across one: the SEES High School Internship, a program in partnership with NASA, Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Was this real? To be frank, I didn’t know how to process this newfound discovery. High school internships were unfathomable, but a NASA internship for high schoolers (that is completely paid for)? That was nonexistent! However, I suppose I should amend that statement by instead declaring near impossible because they do exist–they’re just hard to find.

I’m not going to lie. I researched this program extensively years before I was at the required age to apply. Yes, I admit it: I am a planner to the fullest. I read articles about the amazing grant that Ms. Baguio received for the SEES internship program. Had it not been for that money to convert a local program (only Austin residents) into a national one, I might not have been able to apply.

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