Capstone #4(b) – Interview

After my first interview, I was laying it off and relaxing because I didn’t have another person to interview. When Mrs. Edwards announced to me that she found another person to interview, I was shocked and excited at the same time that I could interview someone else and learn from different perspectives. I immediately started to prepare my interview questions that I would ask the new person I was going to interview, called John Mayo. He doesn’t work for Hyperloop One, so I had to change my questions a bit because some questions wouldn’t fit and would sound weird to him. He also said to use Hangouts because then we could video call each other, and talk to each other face to face.

On the day of the interview, May 22nd, 1:00 pm, I was ready for this interview. I took out my writer’s notebook to take notes at the same time when Mrs. Edwards got Hangouts ready, and then the interview started. I actually learned more than I expected, because he spoke about a lot of details that helped me learn about his experiences a lot. The 10 questions I asked John were:

  • What got you involved in the Hyperloop?
  • What are your responsibilities for the MIT Hyperloop?
  • Do you think the Hyperloop become successful, and become a common way of transportation in the future?
  • What is your favorite part of working with a team?`
  • Which part of the pod are you working on?
  • What did you learn in MIT that helps you most in designing Hyperloop pods?
  • How fast did your pod at the competition go?
  • What was the most memorable part of competing in the Hyperloop pod competition?
  • What set your team’s pod apart from the rest of the competition?
  • Do you think the Hyperloop will have a big impact on the future?

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Capstone #4(a) – Interview

On May 16th I had my first interview. I was supposed to Skype the person I was going to interview, Philippe Kirschen, but apparently the Skype didn’t work for some reason. The time of the interview was supposed to be 2:45 pm and we couldn’t get the Skype to work, so we just called him and recorded his voice on the desktop. I was extremely nervous because this was my first interview in my life, so I just thought to myself, “I don’t want to make him think that i’m just wasting his time”, so I just went along with it and asked him 10 questions that were about the Hyperloop and his feelings and experiences with it. He said, “The Hyperloop is a really interesting concept made by Elon Musk.” He also said that he thought that the Hyperloop would become a reality later on in the future, and I’ve been researching at thinking about it. I think that the most interesting thing he said was what he learned at MIT to help design and optimize engineering. He said something about geometrical design, and Mrs. Edwards “gestured” to ask what it was to him. It was a really interesting interview, and I really enjoyed talking to him and learning about his experiences that he had.


Capstone #1 – Choosing a topic

For Capstone, I chose Hyperloop as my topic because it includes interesting information, engineering, and a road to the future. I first heard of the Hyperloop reading in a TFK article. The Hyperloop is a train that will levitate in a pipe, and it will go 800+ mph. The hyperloop is the transportation for the future, according to Elon Musk, the famous Engineer/Inventor I am really passionate about technology, so that is why I chose the Hyperloop as my topic.

Capstone #3 – Site visit

For my site visit I went to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, NY. On the way to the Museum, we stopped at Grand Central and went into the train store there. At the store at Grand Central, we read about the history of the Metro North New York. After about 10 min at the store, we took the F subway and went to the street where the train museum was.

When we arrived at the train museum entrance, me and my dad were surprised that the museum was actually a subway station underground. We went inside and payed our admission fees for the museum. It was $5 for children and $10 for adults, so it was fairly cheap. After about 1 hour of exploring the underground museum and learning about history about the Metro North New York, we saw old tokens that were used instead of MTA cards as a payment. We also saw old fashioned ticket booths that used a long time ago in the 1900s. Then we wrapped up and left the museum.

Overall I had a great experience at the site visit and learning the history of trains.

Capstone #2 – Choosing a Main Inquiry Question and Choosing Sub Questions”

For our Capstone project, we have to have an main inquiry question and  5 sub questions that back up the main inquiry question about  each of our topics. My main inquiry question and sub questions are this:

Main Inquiry Question: How will the Hyperloop change the world of transportation?

Sub questions:

  1. What are the pros/cons of the Hyperloop?
  2. When would the Hyperloop be ready to go on?
  3. How will the Hyperloop affect people’s lives?
  4. How is the company Hyperloop One going to create the Hyperloop train?
  5. How much would a trip on the Hyperloop from San Francisco and Los Angeles cost, and how long would it take?

These are my sub questions that I am going to have to research to get the answers. We each have to have at least 5 sub questions, and if you want, you could include more sub questions. I chose 5 questions because there really isn’t too much information about my topic because it is based on the future, and hadn’t been completely constructed yet.