Dylan Shinzaki was born on April 12th, 1990 in San Diego, California and has lived there ever since. He is currently a junior at Westview High School. Dylan’s fortes include math and sciences, particularly physics. He was matched up with the Advanced Survey Technologies Program (AST) at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) for a summer internship program through the Marine Technology Society (MTS) of San Diego. He is enjoying the exposure to real world applications of physics in marine science at AST, and looks forward to creating an instructional module about hydroacoustics. Besides creating teaching modules for high school students, Dylan also enjoys tennis, karate, and playing "Magic the Gathering".
What I Learned This Week
Week 5: July 24-28
I have now entered my last week of interning at Advanced Survey Technologies. It’s been a fun, interesting experience working here. This week my major task was completing the website. I experimented with the best means of presenting the PowerPoint presentation on the website. The website now has a copy of the PowerPoint that can be downloaded, and screenshots from the slides on the PowerPoint for those without PowerPoint. The task entailed using the “Print Screen” option on each slide and using the website utilities to paste the image into the website. Be sure to take a look at the Curriculum page.
View Dylan's AST Curriculum page HERE
In addition to working on the website, on Friday I went to help calibrate the transducers on the NOAA ship David Starr Jordan, one of NOAA’s oceanographic research ships. By using the standard sphere method, we tethered a tungsten-carbide sphere with known sound scatter characteristics under the transducers beneath the ship’s hull at an optimal depth so that the transducers would detect the sphere. We compared what the acoustic measurements should be to what they actually were. Then we took the difference of those measurements and used it to adjust the echosounder so that it gives accurate acoustic measurements. It was an interesting experience because not only did I see a real-world application of the concepts I have been learning at AST, but I also gained experience in the field of marine acoustics.
'What I learned' archive from previous weeks