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E215 Introduction to Design projects
Spring 2009: Sustainable barge installations in New York
Worked with the WaterPod designing technologies to educate and allow artists to live sustainably on the barge. (Instructor Lonny Grafman)
Fall 2011 Flock House
Plastic Plumage and Bird CageCorrugated plastic shell and one gallon milk carton shingles. Aluminum AwarenessAluminum can shingles and 2-liter bottle windows. Poly PodIroned plastic bags and bubble-wrap doors, windows, and planters. Umbrellas 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
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 Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living Somoa Hostel
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-Makermechanical bicycle generates energy to power a kitchen appliance Samoa Hostel Insulation StationEducates visitors about the effectiveness insulation types and their relative costs
Spring 2010 RCEA and World Shelters
The Power of WindEducates students on the basics of wind power. The Rad TriadA Chutes and Ladder 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. 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
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 semester of Engineering 215 worked with the WaterPod to research, design, and build a system that completes a task to allow a number of artists to live sustainably onboard the barge.
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 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.
Fall 2007 Eco Hostel
- aerated concrete
- structural concrete insulated panels (SCIPs)
- modern interpretation of a traditional Yurok plank house
Fall 2005 RCEA
The Fall 2005 semester of Engineering 215 worked with RCEA to develop educational displays for the general public.
A Bright IdeaTo create an interactive, educational display that demonstrates the importance of electrical energy conservation. Biggest Little ThingTo design an interactive display promoting electrical energy conservation. Thermal CurtainTo educate people about thermal energy conservation. Know Your LoadTo educate people about phantom loads on electrical devices.