Wednesday May 17th, the day after innovation night. The innovation night was great, team winter killed it, as expected. Our prototype came together last minute, big thanks to Jim Cox for helping with the 3D printing.   First off, here are some of the critiques we faced during innovation night: From the sharks, they suggested…

BLOG #1 FOR THE CAMPUS ENERGY CONTEST

  Vertical wind turbines have a significantly reduced efficiency in power generation. When wind blows on a vertical axis turbine, only one fraction of the blade generates torque while the other parts merely, “go along for the ride.” The air passing over the blades are converted into rational momentum which spins the generator. Vertical turbines also…

The Nuclear Option

On Sunday, April 8th I watched a movie on nuclear power called “Pandora’s Promise.” The purpose of the film was to was to show people that their fears about nuclear energy are baseless. The movie had interviews of several people as well as fallow people to places like Churnoble. In many ways, nuclear power is…

The Climate is Changing NOW!

On Wednesday after classes, I watched two episodes of the show Years of Living Dangerously. Years of Living Dangerously is a show that looks into specific problems caused by climate change starting Mat Damond Michael Hall and Thomas Friedman. Episode eight is split between the dangers of heat waves, how climate change affects people in…

Clean Up Sights

Last week Kent Armstrong was invited to our AP environmental science class. Kent has his own bioremediation company. You might be wondering what is bioremediation? Bioremediation is cleaning up properties that have been infected with pollutants using living things. Thos method cost as little as $10/ton. One of the drawbacks is that it can take years to dispose…

PBDE Treasure Hunt

In Environmental Science class we are learning about PBDEs also know as flame retardants. Flame retardants are man-made compounds that are designed to stop the spread of fires. Flame retardant in three different ways. 1)Vapor phase inhibition. This kind flame retardant is the most common, the flame retardant works by releasing Bromine before the surface…

Busyness with a conscience

The goal of a social entrepreneur is to solve a social issue using busyness. For our class we will be tackling the problem of hunger. To solve the problem we plan to get a fright farm and grow food there year round. Fright farm is a on old freight box that has been turned into…

Finished!

In Climate science class we have been working all term to create our own home made electric generator. We started out by learning how electric magnetic generators work. It turns out that energy generations works because  of elect magnetic induction. The very basics of electro magnetic induction is that a changing magnetic field passing over…

Our project

In climate science class we have been working on making our own renewable energy source. To do that we needed to make our own generators. The way that generators work is a changing magnetic field across a conductor. This phenomena is called electromagnetic induction and it was discovered by Michael Faraday in 1831. Faraday created the…

Finding our generator

Did you know that if you put and electric motor in reverse it can actually generate energy. In climate science we tested that by taking apart a pencil sharpener. Taking it apart was very interesting because we got a good idea of how the generators worked. The way that our motor worked was that it…

Done!

We finished our wind turbines. It was a fun and interesting experience and I think that I learned a lot from the experience. Our group worked very well together and finished the kit efficiently. The way the turbine worked was by getting kinetic energy from the wind which would rotate the wings on the turbine that would…

First day

We have first day of working on our or wind turbine kits. Our group worked well together. People assemble smaller parts and would give them to Olli who would put them together. I think that this strategy worked well and we will use it in the future. . The kit was like Legos so it…