SCOPE Learning

Meena Vembusubramanian

Hey all!

Since the last time I blogged, alongside getting senior year and SCOPE off to a rolling start, I've also gotten myself knee deep in fellowship and grad school applications -- and let's say a few of those things are more fun than the others.

It's times like this that I'm so glad to have SCOPE for a chance of pace senior year, to break up the monotony of classes and the stress of figuring out what to do with the rest of our lives in a couple months!

SCOPE is, among other things, turning out to be a very valuable learning experience trying to coordinate a diverse team. For example, our team's working styles range from the very high-tech "can expect email response in under ten minutes" to the low-tech "organized exclusively on pen and paper." We realized very quickly that my favourite approaches to task management - digital task lists and project management software - would not work for our team. Since then we've implemented a more tangible solution - each person's tasks are represented by post-it notes in a designated section of our team room. This has been as effective as it is ridiculously simple for our team -- let's hope our good luck lasts!

Our SCOPE team has also been spending a lot of time out in manufacturing plants trying to get some hands on experience with the manufacturing contexts in which our sensor will be placed. One of the first places we toured was the Boston Brewing Company's R&D facility, conveniently located in Jamaica Plain, MA.

SCOPETeam at Sam Adams

My teammates, Hans, Helen and Eric on an interactive tour of the facility. Cool.

We also got a chance to visit the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, again conveniently
located around Cape Cod, MA. While there, we got a chance to have some great conversations with their very friendly quality control staff, as well as hang out with their mascot, Russet.

Helen, a Cape Cod representative, Russet and I with some quality assured merchandiseChipasaurous

Apparently, Cape Cod Potato Chips also hosts a chiposaurus building contest for middle schoolers


We also got a chance to sample some traditional local fare

That's it for now, thanks for reading!- Meena :)
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