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Design + Engineering

Building a Radio

February 6, 2013, by

In my Light and Sound class, we learned how to build a radio. To help us with this process we visited two radios stations. Once we finished building our radios, we designed them with country in mind and then designed our radios based our design on our country. Below is my slideshow presentation

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DC Goggle sketch up

November 3, 2012, by













The invention and idea skills I got from this course will help me become a global  because now I can look at sustaniability and energy in a creative way. This design aligns with most of the United Nation’s Millennium Goals like  Environmental Sustainability, combating diseaes like HIVAid and malaria, and reduce child mortality. In this last unit of my design and engineering class, we had to design a goggle sketchup of one of our inventions.  I choose do my water station. Above you can see the comparison of the sketch and the actual one. 

Google Sketch_GL

November 2, 2012, by

For my Design and Engineering class, I did projects that help me become a global citizen by teaching me ways I can reduce my carbon footprint. At the same time, it allowed me to understand the full process and detailed designs used to become more sustainable. The purpose of this project was to use Google sketch to draw a project we made in class; I decided to sketch the water station. Google sketch is a software made for design and engineering professionals allowing them to create 3D models. This helps people further their models and or creations with more of an in depth visual design. Though Google Sketch is a challenging program, I can see how it may be beneficial to others who are trying to see a 3D blueprint of something they created.

Design & Engineering: Google SketchUp

November 2, 2012, by

Solar panels by: Cara Marcy, Evergreen Spruce Line.

The technical skills I got from this course will help me become a global citizen because I am becoming not only more conscious of sustainability, but also learning more about the technology of the future! This design aligns with several of the United Nation’s Millennium Goals– such as Universal Education and Environmental Sustainability!In this last unit of my design and engineering class, we were assigned the task of designing a sustainable house of Google SketchUp. At first, I was having a lot of trouble figuring out the program, but after seeking help from a few class mates who were far more familiar program, and also course resources, I created an awesome eco-friendly home equipped with solar panels!


Creating a Google Sketch by HM

November 2, 2012, by

As my last project in my Design & Engineering class, we used Google SketchUp to create a model of an eco-friendly home.  In my model, I added a solar panel we had previously made in class.  The process of creating my model on SketchUp was definitely not an easy one and it was a lot of trial and error.  It’s an incredibly advanced program that I had no previous experience with.  I had a hard time deciding which green technology I wanted to include and started with a wind turbine, but then realized that was a little too hard.  The skill of being able to understand methods, such as W=fd, and apply them to global crisis has made me more of a global citizen. Finally, I’m happy with my decision to include a solar panel and I love the way my model turned out!

Solar Panel by Velux

Google Sketch D+E SM

November 2, 2012, by

For my Math and Science course (Design and Engineering), I created a sketch up 3D model of a wind turbine that is sustainable. My turbine can be seen below with three propellers  This was the last action project for the trimester. The course was designed around the equation that Work= Force x Distance. Following through the method helped me build models and projects that help people all over the world. Through the process of  creating engineering designs, I have become more of a global citizen. My design helps achieve MDG #7. This is the MDG  that supports global sustainability. My wind turbine design helps create energy and make the air cleaner. It’s been a great term, so check out my work!

Google SketchUp Design

November 1, 2012, by

In my Design and Engineering (math & science), our goal was to use google sketchup to create a system that generates power, I made a solar panel.  This design helps to solve the seventh MDG (millenium development goal) environmental sustainability.  This project helped me understand how solar panels go on a house and why the placement is so crucial (facing east to get the most of the sun as possible).

Wind Turbine – AW

October 31, 2012, by

In the third unit of our Design and Engineering course, our project as action was to design, construct, and test a wind turbine.  We did this in order to learn about the sustainability of wind energy. To find the efficiency of wind turbines, we calculated the cost and energy produced by a turbine in comparison to a solar panel. We found that the wind turbine was initially more expensive, but produced more energy and saved more money over time. After speaking to the CEO of Windonics and watching videos of different wind turbine designs, we set out to build our own. Below is a presentation of the steps we took and the results of the design.

Wind turbine-HD

October 31, 2012, by

For my design and engineering class, we created wind turbines in our group to not only learn how to build our own wind turbine but to find out the amount of mili/volts each wind turbine puts out. After we found out the output, we estimated how long it would take to pay off the wind turbine. We created wind turbines to produce natural renewable energy that will keep our carbon foot print down. This project helped me to become a global citizen not only by teaching me how to construct a wind turbine, but by educating others on the benefits of wind turbines and natural renewable energy overall.


“Spiderbine”~ DC Wind Turbine

October 31, 2012, by

In our design and engineering class, we worked on our Unit 3 projects with wind turbines. First, we researched the process and purpose of wind turbines. Then we looked at the cost and energy effectiveness of wind turbines. When meeting with CEO of Windonics, Alex, we learned about the different types of turbine designs as well as the pros and cons of turbines. After our research phase, we came up with ideas on what shapes and sizes would make the best wind turbine and tested the idea. Below is the complete process of our Unit 3 project.