Back in 2015 my daughter Klara and her friend Jamie participated in the national online ProjectCSGirls competition creating a VR MRI Simulator and winning 2nd place ✨ Being at the awards gala and seeing the awesome project presentation from middle school girls around the US in many ways inspired me to found Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls.
ProjectCSGirls runs a national competition designed to challenge middle school girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem. The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of four themes - global health, a safer world, intelligent technology, and bridging inequalities.
Suchita S. - 3rd Place Grand Prize
How does Myla work?
Once the device is placed in a secure location and connected to WIFI, it will measure the environment's sound level using the decibel unit. A high-pitched noise varies from 60 to 100 decibels as it varies how far the human is from the hardware device. Thus, I have set my sound threshold to 75dB to support various distances. If the measured decibel value exceeds this, the system will first send a text alert to the user to check if this is a false alarm. If the user doesn't turn off the alarm in a specified time frame, an SMS will be sent to the emergency contacts and/or the police.
The iOS mobile app allows the user to create an account and store profile and contact information. The profile information consists of the user's first name, last name, phone number, and address. In addition, the user is allowed three contacts, including the contact's first name, last name, phone number, and relationship to the user. Other settings the user needs to configure are the wait time, which is the amount of time the user has to disarm the system, and the alarm status toggle, which is used to turn off the text alerts that are sent to the emergency contacts or the police.
What technologies were used to create Myla?
Myla is built using both hardware and software. The hardware components include an analog sound level meter, an OLED display, a breadboard, and an ESP32 Huzzah Microcontroller. Apart from these components, other technologies such as Swift to create the iOS mobile app, Firebase to store user information and authenticate the user, Twilio to send the SMS alerts, and Arduino programming language installed in the hardware device to measure the sound level and communicate to Firebase.
Who benefits from Myla?
Myla benefits the general public by preventing future domestic violence cases and reducing the severity of the victim’s energy. In German, Myla means soldier because victims of domestic violence are soldiers fighting for their freedom and rights.
Myla App Screens
Leah T. - 4th Place Grand PrizeCovid-19 and Mental Health have been “hot topics” of late, but I would like to introduce you to another rising issue. It is estimated that up to 16 percent of U.S. children suffer from a language or speech disorder. These children are susceptible to eventually developing a mental illness. I wanted to address this problem as the focus of my project and help children develop social skills and friendships.
I wanted to create a fictional environment where the child could perform a role-play activity in a virtual reality that could automatically assess their progress. I created my project with CoSpaces, a virtual reality game creator that had the helpful features I needed. I was able to prototype my idea in this environment, and the prototype was successful! The game ran the character through three scenes that made up one main story. If I were to produce this project, I would consider making additional scenarios (stories) that cover more topics.
To get feedback on this project, early in the creation process I interviewed children, clinical counselors, school counselors, a special-ed teacher, and a speech pathologist; this way, I could get professional insight and ideas for the scenes. I hope in the future, I can go back to these sources and get their feedback on my prototype, so one day this might be an efficient and effective tool. View further information about my project at www.leahture.com/vr-social.