Certificate of Achievement. Milagro Arias: Skills, Tasks

CST Project Lead
Participated in project from Stage 3 to Stage 7
(CST Project Stages)

Technologies & Tools learned and applied

  • Google Cloud Platform -- cloud hosting, Google software tools
  • BLS.gov -- job and career statistics, data source
  • PostgreSQL -- database management
  • Google Data Studio -- data visualization

Soft Skills learned and applied

  • Technical Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Cultivating relationships with stakeholders
  • Collaboration
  • Delegation
  • Communication of Technical Information
  • Technical Documentation
  • Logical Thinking

Primary Tasks

  1. Lead for researching API data sources and related team discussions
  2. Lead for researching database technologies and team discussions on PostgreSQL vs mySQL
  3. Researched web application technologies
  4. Represented STEM-Away at Santa Clara Convention Event for outreach
  5. Co-Lead for “Weekly All-Team Meetings”
  6. Lead for decoding BLS API request URLs
  7. Lead for ERD design, choosing BLS data, designing the database schema and manual data entry
  8. Lead for database design checking and documentation

Tasks by stage highlighted below:

  • Stage 3: Group Discussion and Assigning Responsibilities
  • (July 2019)
    1. First All-Team Meeting
    2. Assigning Tasks
    3. Researching
      1. Google Cloud Platform
      2. Data sources (API’s)
      3. Database technologies
      4. Web App technologies
      5. Visualization Tools
    4. Team Discussions
      1. Django or Flask (web app)
      2. BLS, CareerOneStop, Indeed API, Glassdoor API, or something else (data sources)
      3. PostgreSQL or mySQL (database)
      4. Data Studio, Pandas, Google API’s, Big Query, a combination, or something else (visualization)

  • Stage 4: Career Fair and The New Asana
  • (July 2019)
    Note: By now the whole team understands STEM-Away’s mission and the details of our specific project. We have researched, discussed, and decided which options suit the project best.
    1. Showcasing STEM-Away at Santa Clara Convention Center
    2. Asana, new project management structure created
    3. Weekly All-Team Meetings

  • Stage 5: Prototyping p.1
  • (August 2019)
    1. Creating the Python-Django virtual environment and web application skeleton
    2. Deploying to GCP
    3. Choosing/Researching visualization chart types
    4. Dashboard UI Prototype
    5. Making a request to BLS API
    6. Weekly All-Team Meetings

  • Stage 6: Prototyping p.2
  • (August 2019)
    1. Decoding BLS API URL codes
    2. Chart prototypes
    3. ERD
    4. Choosing BLS Data
    5. Designing the database schema
    6. Coding the database schema in the web application(models.py)
    7. Manual data entry (phase 1)
    8. Coding Script to pull data into our database tables (phase 2)

  • Stage 7: Present Day
  • (September 2019)
    1. Checking that the data persists and is accurate
    2. Final chart prototypes
    3. Embed charts into web application
    4. Written Work
      1. Database design documentation
      2. Python-Django app documentation & comments
      3. CST Admin
    5. Deciding future project goals
      1. Forum Integration
      2. Scripting all manual parts
      3. Machine learning