The students learned about the basic research process, from reading literature to identifying problems and potential solutions. They spent their days designing solutions, meeting with mentors and carrying out experiments with real-world testbeds such as vehicles, USRP devices and Wi-Fi routers.
Students also developed their programming skills, analyzed the data they collected and summarized their results. They plan to write and submit conference papers based on their work.
"It was a great experience and a way to get your toes wet in research," said David Li, a BASIS Oro Valley High School student.
Yanjun Pan, an ECE graduate student, acted as a mentor for the program, and said it was a valuable opportunity to develop her teaching skills.
"I learned how to communicate with students more efficiently," she said. "I enjoyed conducting experiments with the students, where we discussed our experiment setup and figured out bugs together."
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