Blog Post Four

This is my final design. The hydroelectric generator works by turning kinetic energy from the water rotating the motor to electrical energy. The generator will be attached to an open faucet, preferably ones that are high pressure, and produces electricity. The water will still exit the other side of the tube which will allow the user to still be able to use the water. The environmental benefits of this generator are quite significant since it allows the user to recycle wastewater and turn it into electrical energy. One improvement I may add in future models is to increase it’s visual and make it more ornamental. To show that my design works, there is a video attached at the bottom of this blog.

 

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Blog post number three

 

My prototype has been going extremely well. Through testing, I have concluded that my prototype is working quite well since it completed the objective of producing electricity. For the idea of this prototype, I was inspired by two separate videos from the internet, one which showed an open style generator, one had it in a tank. To make the idea my own, I made a generator in a tube. T prove my original theory, I’ve tested the generator in the video link below. After the test, I can conclude that the generator works but it only produced minimum electricity. To gather feedbacks, I asked several classmates and a teacher. The feedback I received was quite positive with most people saying that my design works. The question about the low electricity output, the teacher thinks it was caused by low-pressure water in the faucet.

 

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Blogs Entry Number Two

For my project, I’m proposing a hydroelectric generator in a tube attaching to a running tap to create electrical energy from motion to power a light bulb.  the generator will be put in a plastic tube attached to another tube which will attach to the running tap. the tube will be 3x3x4 and will be plastic. the generator will be attached to a  similar tube that will be 5x5x10. the tube and the generator will be connected by hot glue while it’ll connect to the tap with duct tape.

Wednesday: Start to assemble the project by collecting and measuring the materials

Monday: start to build the project and start the first test for the prototype one.

Tuesday:  Revise on prototype one and test prototype two. Revise prototype two if needed.

Thursday: finish off the project by completing the project. Come here after school if needed.

Define and Inquire

For this engineering task, we have to design and make an item that’ll have to convert or display a type of energy. For me, I’m thinking about a hydroelectric generator like this one. For me, the generator idea isn’t really extremely complicated and its makeable in the five class periods we have. some blueprints of the generator are online and youtube has several tutorials on how to make them. I  will need to learn how to build things due to my lack of experience in the field. The generator, wind and hydro, are both great ways to show how movement can be transformed into electric energy. both dams and wind propellers use this engine as its base to mass produce electricity from natural movements. even though the generator does not make that much energy, the size and the building cost makes it cheap to manufacture and easy to replace for a low-income family. to make it original, I would combine the ideas of several tutorials to make a unique generator that is completely mine. since the generator uses water to generate its electricity, the environmental impact is extremely low.

due to a new problem, my teacher has brought up, the generator will be put in the sewage system and will generate electricity from wastewater from the family’s waste water from the sink, not the toilet. so wasted water would create electricity for the family. 

Elevator pitch

This is my capstone elevator pitch. I was well prepared but soon realized I had no more topics to talk about, so I started to stutter and fail. The most important thing I need to work on for my next presentation is a general direction for where my presentation needs to go. I think I did well in my info gathering but I need to work on how I would present my info.

Journal 3 prototypes

First prototype

Our first prototype was a modified gloop. We decided to use less glue and more water for a more liquid-like substance. One more problem with gloop was that it would stick on peoples hand and not come off. So my partners and I decided to put less glue so the new gloop so it would not be so sticky. But at the end, the first prototype was way to liquid-like and its durability was not strong enough to withhold stretches.

Ingredients

1 cm of glue

10ml of water

12ml of borax

2 drops of food coloring

 

Second prototype

For our second prototype, we got a new substance, cornstarch, and baking soda. To test it, my partner decided to use the baking soda and the cornstarch instead of the glue. The plan backfired immediately and the polymer was never formed.

2g of starch

1g of baking soda

8ml of water

10ml of borax

2 drops of food coloring

Third prototype

third prototype. For our third prototype, we were advised to use hand cream. It was told to us that hand cream increase the durability of the polymer while making it less sticky. So we made gloop with 1 small squeeze of hand cream. And it worked perfectly. the polymer was not sticky and it was extremely durable.

 

Journal 2

Our Goal:

To make a polymer which absorbs the impact from any hits such as hammer swings, punches and other. The material is also extremely flexible and soft so it could also be used as a proof material.

 

 

Target Market Audience

Some Examples:

 

Adults

Parents with small kids

Elderly

Kids

Teens

Boys/Girls

Teachers/Businessmen/Shop Owners

Pet Owners

Travelers

 

Target Market Audience How will this help them?
Target Market Audience #1:

 

Parents with small kids. This polymer can be a stress release product and it could be used as a kid proof material.
Possible Target Market Audience #2:

*just in case you have more than one target market audience

Teens This polymer can be used to release stress.

 

Describing Our Polymer

 

We want the Physical Properties to include:

  • Soft
  • Stretchy
  • Colors
  • Tenacity
  • Durable

 

Polymer Characteristics We Are Looking For

*Gloop, Super Slime, Stretch-tastic Slime, Oobleck

 

Polymer Characteristics Why this is important
Gloop The Gloop is slimy but not extremely slimy. The Gloop is also extremely bouncy and stretchy  
Super Slim The super slim is extremely slimy but it is not flexible at all. The slim will be broken easily.  
Oobleck The Oobleck is kind of slimy but it is not durable at all.  

 


 

Our Plan to Develop our Prototype

*Prototype = sample or model

 

 

 

Our Method for Testing our Prototype: How we’ll test it to see if it works

Method Why we chose this/How this will be effective
We Stretched our polymers out To test the polymers durance and flexibility.
We squeeze it a lot To test how much of the residue stays on the hand
We hit it test its endurance

1st we will Look at the polymers we make and their characteristics.

2nd Start making them.

3rd We will test the polymer, if it doesn’t get to our expectation, we repeat step 2

Finally Present our idea and make our video.

Journal One

What are synthetic materials?

Synthetic materials are materials made from a combination of natural and man-made resources

Give two examples

Nylon and Kevlar

What are natural resources?

They are materials which can be found in the natural world.

Give two examples

Iron and gold

 

Polymers and Where They Come From

What are polymers?

Polymer are large molecules composed of many different units

Synthetic Polymer #1Steel What natural resources does this come from?

Iron-carbon and other elements

 

What would we use this synthetic material for?Construction

building

Synthetic Polymer #2Plastic What natural resources does this come from?Polyethylene, PVC, nylon, carbon, oil, etc. What would we use this synthetic material for?bottle, cup, bag Etc.

 

Chemical Reactions

 

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials?

So the monomers inside those natural resources go through a process called polymerization. Which basically helps the monomers to bond with other. This process helps natural resources for synthetic use.

 

What is a monomer?

Monomers are polymers but with only 1 subunit attached to it. when going through a process called polymerization, it links up with other monomers and forms a polymer.

What is polymerization?

Polymerization is the process which makes the monomers bond with one another. This process makes the monomers turns into a polymer.

Sources I use

https://www.reference.com/science/plastic-made-4d29b4265f4f427f

https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/plastics/The-Basics/

Student Led Conference 2017-2018

Innovation and creativity:

I have displayed my innovation and creativity skills whenever I’m in my art and DT classes.

My evidence for this skills shown in my art projects and my design tec cars. In my art projects, I have shown this skills consistently. in my DT cars designs, I’ve made several cars and models

in one day, I’ve shown my Innovation and creativity skills.

Problem-solving.

I have displayed my problem-solving skills every day not just in school, but in my home as well.

My evidence for this skills shown in every single class and in my home. I have solved problems with my family and friends. from problems big and small.

global mindedness

I have displayed this skill on several occasions throughout the school year and in my home. I mainly display this skill in humanities or current events.

my evidence for this skills is the pictures following and all my humanities work. in my humanities work, I have shown great knowledge of the world and great interest.

In the current events, I showed tremendous responsibility and great knowledge.

 

Revolutionary Voices Journal

The revolutionary journal is based on our Russian revolution journal. We follow the same format as the Russian revolution journals. 3 journals following the start the climax and the end of the revolution. My journal focuses on a steelworker by the name of Ahmed Muhammed. He was a happy man until the rebels killed his family. Later on, he joined the Syrian army in hopes of killing the rebels leader. I put a lot of time and effort on this journal so I’ll hope you’ll like it.