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IDEAS: 2011 Projects
2011 Capstone Senior Design Projects
The Future is Green
Melissa Conlin, Michael Truong
Working with Girl Scouts of Northern California, students developed a website to teach young women about green technologies. The website works as a learning tool, incorporating information about sustainable technologies, and teaches the advantages of these technologies through interactive simulations.
FACE: Fair Trade Calculator for Everyone
Rosalie Tolentino, Eva Jensen, Ryan Davidson
The team developed a web-based application on five mobile platforms to display The World of Good’s fair wage data.
Sustainable Design in Ghana
Dan Lawrie, Will Sommer
This team researched and implemented a new building material into a sustainable and economical residence for the people in Northern Ghana. The new material eliminates the need for a brick press, simplifying production. A catenary arch creates simple and easy-to-build structures to serve as residences and other structures.
Make it Rain
Dean Hoang, Kenneth Murata, Geoffrey Zen
The team partnered with Walden West Outdoor Science Camp School for this project to design a sustainable drip irrigation system for their garden. Excess power from the solar panels will be stored for general use. The project will be explained to the students at the camp to educate them about sustainability.
Fuel Efficient Cook Stove
Miguel Gomez, Abimael Bastida, Saul Hernandez, Alejandro Lobato
The students designed, built, and implemented a fuel-efficient cook stove for use in impoverished communities of Nicaragua. The stove incorporated the use of thermoelectric power generation to produce forced air flow.
Blades of Power
Ayesha Ahmad, Christina DaSilva, Zaireen Razzak
The project involves educating young children about wind energy. The focus was to analyze and test two different types of wind turbines and integrate them together. They also created an interface to compare and display the amount of energy being produced from each turbine.
2011 Non-Capstone Projects
BlueBird Home Video
Max Wyman, Brian Rosario
Students used the structure from a previously built birdhouse, and attached a new roof with a camera inside. The camera has the ability to stream images over the Internet. From this stream students will be able to learn by watching and observing the bluebirds behavior in their natural habitat. Visit the Peterson Middle School Nature Center website.
Catherine Borst, Stephanie Truong
A gravity retaining wall was constructed for the Forge Garden. The retaining wall was designed to resist the lateral pressure of the soil behind it and allow for a change in soil elevation to increase planting surfaces. It was constructed out of waste concrete using the dry-stacking method. http://www.broncourbangardens.org/community-and-school-gardens/the-forge