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Student Research Program

Audio Sensor Development for Pet Environments

This is a unique and highly valuable research opportunity for high school students. This team will consist of up to eight students performing research to develop a handheld sensor that measures sound frequencies between 18kHz and 60kHz. This project involves researching, designing, prototyping, testing , and producing a final design.

Project Goals:

• Initial Application: To be able to check homes and other environments suitability for dogs. This is an issue of growing concern for the mental and physical health of pets.

• Skill Development: Students will benefit from hands-on experience in problem solving, engineering, programming, and data analytics.
• Duration: Nov 1, 2023 – June 1, 2024

Why Should Students Participate?

  1. Real-World Problem-Solving: Students will tackle a challenging real world issue while applying STEM skills in a meaningful way.

  2. Mentorship: Students will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced mentors.

  3. College and Career Advantage: Participation in this type of project is highly regarded by colleges and employers alike.

  4. Community Impact: The technology developed could potentially benefit households and communities.

  5. Certificates and Recognition: Participants will receive a certificate and recognition of their contributions.

Given the incredible value this opportunity affords, we kindly request that you publicize this research project within your school community. Specifically, we would appreciate it if the appropriate teachers could announce and encourage students in their STEM classes to apply for participation.

Must Have At Least One Of The Following Skills:

Technical Skills -

  1. Programming Knowledge: Familiarity with programming languages like Python or Java would be beneficial for both sensor interfacing and data visualization.

  2. Electronics and Circuit Design: Basic understanding of electronics, including working with microcontrollers (like Arduino or Raspberry Pi), sensors, and circuit design.

  3. Data Analysis: Basic skills in data analytics to interpret and visualize the data collected by the sensor.

  4. CAD Design: Experience using Fusion 360 computer-aided design (CAD) software for designing and 3D printing the physical aspects of the sensor.

  5. Signal Processing: Understanding of basic digital and analog signal processing.

Desirable Soft Skills -

  1. Critical Thinking: Ability to approach problems methodically and think critically to find effective solutions.

  2. Teamwork: Capability to work effectively in a team, as this project would likely involve collaboration among different skill sets.

  3. Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills for presenting ideas and findings.

  4. Time Management: Ability to manage time effectively to meet deadlines and project milestones.

  5. Attention to Detail: Careful consideration of the intricate parts of the project, from coding to data collection and analysis.

Initiative and Enthusiasm -

  1. Passion for STEM: A genuine interest in technology, engineering, or any STEM-related field.

  2. Willingness to Learn: Even if lacking in some technical skills, a proactive attitude and the willingness to acquire new skills as needed.

  3. Commitment: Students must sign an agreement promising to keep their commitment to complete the project.


Student researchers must meet weekly for 2 hours, and must perform research and development on this project for a minimum of 1 hour weekly between meetings.

PVNet will provide the necessary materials.


Parents must create a parent and student account to apply.

Click here to download the application form:                

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