E215 Introduction to Design projects
Fall 2014: Redwood Coast Montessori
Design and build sustainable, educational, low embedded energy, infrastructure that supports K-8 education and the dune ecosystem at their Manila Community Center location.
Spring 2014: Zane Middle School
Design and build sustainable educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 education at their Eureka, CA location
Fall 2013: WetLand
Design and build sustainable technologies to educate and support artists living sustainably on a barge in Philadelphia
Spring 2013: SCRAP Humboldt
Design and build projects that upcycle and elevate waste through sound design in Humboldt County
Fall 2012: Laurel Tree Charter School
Design and build educational displays, technologies and infrastructure for Laurel Tree Charter School
Spring 2012: Friends of the Dunes
Design and build educational displays, technologies and infrastructure for the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Fall 2011: Flock House
Design and build sustainable technologies for mobile art pods interacting throughout NYC
Spring 2011: Locally Delicious
Design and build appropriate technology projects for children that promote healthy, local eating
Fall 2010: HBCSL Somoa Hostel
Design and build eco-projects to support a hostel being designed at the Samoa Cookhouse
Spring 2010: World Shelters
Design, prototype and improve structures by leveraging the resources of Haiti and World Shelters
Fall 2009: CCAT and Network for a Healthy California
Design and build appropriate technology projects for CCAT and Network for a Healthy CA
Spring 2009: WaterPod
Design and build sustainable technologies to educate and support artists living sustainably on a barge in NYC
Fall 2008: Full Belly Project
Design and prototype adaptions to the Universal Nut Sheller
Spring 2008: Discovery Museum
Design and build educational flume inserts for the Redwood Discovery Museum
 Fall 2014: Redwood Coast Montessori
The Fall 2014 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Redwood Coast Montessori to design and build sustainable, educational, low embedded energy, infrastructure that supports K-8 education and the dune ecosystem at their Manila Community Center location.
chicken coopA chicken coop designed to last for many years in a coastal dune environment and to be used by children on a daily basis entrance gardenA new, aesthetically pleasing, entrance garden for the Redwood Coast Montessori greenhouseA renovated greenhouse for use by classes rainwater catchmentA small rainwater catchment system for watering ornamentals and demonstrating wise water practices solar charging stationA small solar charging station for consistent USB power and demonstrating photovoltaic principles climbing wallAn awesome traverse climbing wall
 Spring 2014: Zane Middle School
The Spring 2014 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Zane Middle School to design and build sustainable educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-8 education at their Eureka, CA location.
Bernoulli Bike BlowerA bicycle powered machine to demonstrate the Bernoulli principle. Garden UpdateA major upgrade of the existing garden focusing on easy maintenance. Rainwater CatchmentA rainwater catchment system to support the garden and edible landscaping. Upcycled Disc GolfAn upcycled disc golf basket using skateboards and a 55 gallon drum. Songbird RefugeAn songbird refuge made from replicable upcycled components in a songbird corridor. Bridge Competition TesterA testing machine for testing during bridge building competitions. Edible LandscapingAn integrated edible landscaping on the Zane campus. Mobile GreenhouseA mobile greenhouse for starting seeds that wheels from class to sun. Upcyled CaddyA system of upcycled caddies for use in the classroom.
 Fall 2013: WetLand
The Fall 2013 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with WetLand to research, design, and build systems that foster the artists living sustainably onboard a barge in the waterways of Philadelphia.
Pyramidal desalinatorFuturistic pyrimidal water desalinator Aquaponic systemUpcycled IBC aquponics system Edible railingEdible railing providing veggies from upcycled containers Spiral rainwater catchmentInnovative spiral rainwater catchment system for geodesic domes Energy monitorEnergy monitor for an off-grid system Water meterMeter to test multiple parameters of collected rainwater
 Spring 2013: SCRAP Humboldt
All Book No Hands book readerUpcycled binders into book readers. Bag it Up box kiteUpcycled malt bags into box kites. Community tinker deskUpcycled doors into a community tinker desk. Carpet sample dry mopUpcycled carpet samples into dry mops. Forever Dry umbrella repair kit3D printed repair kit for umbrellas. Parabolic wax melterSatellite dish wax melter with 3D molds. Two pendulum harmonographUpcycled card desk into a harmonograph. Upcycled bike trailerUpcycled street signs into a bike trailer. Waste stream educational wheelWaste steam educational wheel. Upcycled checkout deskUpcycled albums and wood into a checkout desk.
 Fall 2012: Laurel Tree Charter School
The Fall 2012 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with Laurel Tree Charter School to design and build green educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-12 education at their Arcata, CA location.
Energy use visualizationMethod to creatively visualize school energy use. Human powered blenderTwo person human powered blender device Newton's laws of motion apparatusesThree devices to teach Newton's laws of motion using mystery Electrical wiring apparatusDevice to teach series and parallel wiring using intrigue Earthen ovenEarthen oven for making pizza Interactive green benchesAmphitheater of three interactive green benches Primary garden to kitchenGarden beds for primary students to grow veggies for the kitchen
 Spring 2012: Friends of the Dunes
The Spring 2012 semester of Engineering 215 worked with Friends of the Dunes to design and build projects that support the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at 220 Stamps Lane, Manila, CA.
Solar Powered Trail Lighting SystemSolar trail lighting Carbon Footprint WheelEducational carbon footprint display Living Green RoofGreen roof educational model Acoustic PanelsAcoustic panels utilizing re-purposed materials Living Green DisplayInteractive display promoting environmental consciousness Rapid ComposterRapid composting system The StretchbarrowHybrid stretcher/wheelbarrow The Sandy CoveAmphitheater constructed of urbanite Pump Powered Dune Movement SimulatorInteractive sand dune model Beachgrass BalerTool to bale beach grass
 Fall 2011: Flock House
The Fall 2011 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the Flock House to research, design, and build sustainable and inspiring systems for two living systems that will be traveling through and interacting with various New York neighborhoods.
Plastic Plumage and Bird CageCorrugated plastic shell and one gallon milk carton shingles Aluminum AwarenessAluminum can shingles and 2-liter bottle windows Poly PodDoors, windows, and planters made from ironed plastic bags and bubble-wrap, with umbrella awnings Geared-Up From the Feet-UpBicycle powered generator capable of generating 100+ Watts Pump'n PowerA handcar styled, two person, human powered, energy generator Hyper Visible Power MeterA post-apocalyptic, bomb-like, display for the state of the Flock House batteries Window Shopper and Back Me UpFlock House solar dehydrator and backpack solar dehydrator
 Spring 2011: Locally Delicious
The Spring 2011 semester of Engineering 215 worked with Locally Delicious to design, build, test and disseminate projects that support healthy lifestyles among youths grades 4th through 6th and their families.
Tear the Roof offDry sliced apples in 18 hours of sunlight with this legless solar dehydrator The GnomeTainerModular, raised garden with integrated rain catchment that can be installed on a porch Catch and CookA solar oven capable of reaching 160°F in 20 minutes Solar Bowling OvenSolar oven kids can build and use on their own Wormland worm binScalable vermiculture system from free materials for kids Row BlenderRow yourself a smoothie with an exercise powered blender Sodhoppers' Solar DehydratorDurable food dehydrator for a school from a waste kitchen cabinet Interactive School GardenModular school garden design incorporating several different garden styles The Solar SwingSolar oven for a school reaching 200°F in 30 minutes School Worm BinWorm bin for a school built from a 55 gallon drum
 Fall 2010: HBCSL Somoa Hostel
The Fall 2010 semester of Engineering 215 worked with Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living to design and build projects that support a proposed eco-hostel in Humboldt County.
Thermosyphon Solar Shower SystemAn outdoor shower that utilizes solar energy to heat the water Samoa Hostel Truth TankProvides greywater treatment system for a satellite solar shower Samoa Hostel Wattimus PrimeA metering scheme that monitors the amount of energy used by the visitors Can You Feel The Heatloss?An education display about convection and heat loss Samoa Hostel Natural PaintsA natural paint display to educate visitors of the Samoa Hostel Pain in the AxleA bicycle-powered electrical generator that powers a television and DVD player Samoa Hostel WindbeltAn array of wind belts that can charge a cell phone The Mechanical Munchy-MakerA mechanical bicycle that generates energy to power a kitchen appliance Samoa Hostel Insulation StationEducates visitors about the effectiveness insulation types and their relative costs Samoa Hostel greywater islandModels, designs, and educates guests and implementers of hostel size greywater treatment
 Spring 2010: RCEA
Two labs of the Spring 2010 semester of Engineering 215 worked with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority to build energy education boxes for classrooms in Humboldt County. These boxes are designed for different K-12 grade ranges and cover one of three topics: energy conservation, renewable energy or climate change.
The Power of WindEducates students on the basics of wind power The Rad TriadA Chutes and Ladders-like board game, a popup book and a sing-a-long song Weather WarningsTeaches climate change through a movie, three stations, and a worksheet Modeling Renewable EnergyEducates students on many types of renewable energy Bust-A-WattTeaches energy conservation through activities, home assessments, and an art assignment Seas of ChangeEducates students about the polar ice caps melting effects of climate change through a hands-on model Energy in a CinchTeaches about renewable energy through the use of a Windbelt CAN YOU WorKITStudents assemble and operate a hand crank electrical generators Climate CrusadersA Cap-and-Trade game and a model greenhouse gas experiment
 Spring 2010: World Shelters
Simple SquareReduces the amount of unique connecting pieces needed to construct World Shelter's JAS Shelter Rock Roots JASJAS Shelter retrofits to withstand a Class One hurricane Make it Complete with PapercreteInner wall system incorporates the use of papercrete, a weatherproof and fire resistant material Rubble to ResourceRubble trench foundations utilize rubble to rebuild Haiti Bags of ShelterEarthbag shelter designed for use as a transitional shelter Titanium Sun ShieldPrimer and topcoat application over the polypropylene exterior of a WorldShelters temporary structure
 Fall 2009: CCAT and Network for a Healthy California
The Fall 2009 semester of Engineering 215 worked with the Humboldt State University's Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) as well as The Network for a Healthy California to design and build sustainable and educational infrastructure.
Bubble BoxConverts kinetic energy into electricity using a hand crank for means of education The CCAT BoxA composting toilet system to be used at CCAT DraftMasterA clothes dryer that incorporates airflow and low energy to dry clothes Kitchen Effluent filterA filtration system that removes the particulate matter from the effluent of the CCAT kitchen sink Greywater Grease TrapAn improved grease trap to keep fats, oils, and grease out of the CCAT greywater system Cob protection and beautificationA plaster that protects and beautifies the cob installations at CCAT Public Health Bike BlenderA portable pedal powered blender that uses a flexible drive-shaft for The Network for a Healthy California - Northcoast Region
 Spring 2009: WaterPod
The Spring 2009 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the WaterPod to research, design, and build systems that foster the artists living sustainably onboard a barge in the waterways of New York City.
Bicycle Energy GeneratorAn alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator Soil-less Growing SystemA system that would grow food for the occupants of the barge without the presence of soil Filter Commander 9000A water filtration system to make drinkable water from rainwater catchment Tour de VoltsA bicycle as a power source to provide a bit of extra energy to the WaterPod WaterPod Hang ThymeA hydroponic green wall that is used to grow herbs in minimal amounts of space FBD Rainwater PurificationExists to provide clean drinking water for the WaterPod Project Coopatron 5000A chicken coop designed to supplement the dietary needs of the inhabitants of the WaterPod Rocket StoveTo provide a reliable and sustainable means of cooking by minimizing fuel use and optimizing efficiency Pico in a BucketTo harness the kinetic energy of the falling water from the overflow of the WaterPod's water tower WindPod TurbineA vertical access wind turbine that uses the power of the wind coming from any direction to create energy Composting ToiletDuchamp de Loo, is a composting toilet system that can be used and can educate people about environmental ways to get rid of human waste
 Fall 2008: Full Belly Project
The Fall 2008 semester of Engineering 215 worked with the Full Belly Project to adapt their Universal Nut Sheller in the following three manners:
- Reducing the cost and cement content of the UNS for manufacture in West Africa: The LC sheller and The Full Bell
- Utilizing waste plastic bags to make the UNS molds in Haiti: Hot Dang Plastic Encasement and Pressed Plastic
- Adapting a US version of the UNS to serve as a source of funding and outreach: Nutsy, Multiplicity and Simple Simon
The LC shellerInnovating concrete with sawdust and clay to lower the costs and weight using materials available in some parts of Western Africa The Full BellImproves the original UNS by reducing the cost and increasing durability of the sheller Hot Dang Plastic EncasementWaste plastic bags available in Haiti cleaned, cut, crocheted and ironed into a hard plastic mold Pressed PlasticA process to thermoform waste plastic bags to form molds for nut shellers using resources available in Haiti NutsyShaped like an acorn the Nutsy aims to be a smaller, more portable, and more aesthetically pleasing version of the UNS for marketing within the US MultiplicitySmaller U.S. prototype with exchangeable rotors for different size nuts Simple SimonSmaller US prototype made from wood and aluminum
 Spring 2008: Discovery Museum
The Spring 2008 semester of Engineering 215 worked with the Discovery Museum to create interactive, educational inserts for an existing flume designed by another Humboldt State University course.