GNRG Xplore Spring Semester Theme


Xplore GNRG is a wonderful introduction to our award-winning STEM programs. Xplore GNRG is designed around focused monthly workshops that introduce students to cutting edge green engineering and design. The workshops provide the balance between weekly, guided seminars on ‘green’ topics with hands-on design challenges utilizing the Engineering and Design Process (EDP). The list below provides a proper introduction and exploration of Xplore GRNG STUFF topics.
  1. GRNG Bootcamp - shop/lab safety protocols, materials/equipment, rapid cycle design challenges
  2. Material Re-engineering - fused plastics, product development and design, cradle to cradle philosophy (http://msi.apparelcoalition.org/#/)
  3. Biomaterial Engineering - Mycelium as replacement for polystyrene
  4. Green Plastics – Milk protein and other bio-based plastic formation
  5. Trash Menagerie – a found object Kinetic Sculpture project

Xplore Fall Semester Theme - POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!


DEC/JAN - KINETIC GOLDBERGS


November WIND


Mechanical, Electrical, Windbelts, VAWT, HAWT???

day1
day3
day2
day4
wk 1
intro inspiration- videos/articles/kickstarters
differentiate mechanical, Electrical, HAWT, VAWT
Empathy

Brainstorm
intro inspiration- videos/articles/kickstarters
differentiate mechanical, Electrical, HAWT, VAWT
Empathy

Brainstorm
wk 2
prototype
test/rebuild
prototype
test/rebuild
wk 3
Geography, Physics, and Electrical Engineering

Geography, Physics, and Electrical Engineering

wk 4
prep for functional scale prototype
Tday holiday - short week
prep for functional scale prototype
Tday holiday - short week


October - SOLAR

Solar Thermal and Solar PV


day 1
day 3
day 2
day 4
week 1
intro inspiration- videos/articles/kickstarters
differentiate Thermal / PV
Empathy

Brainstorm
intro inspiration- videos/articles/kickstarters
differentiate Thermal / PV
Empathy

Brainstorm
week 2
prototype
test/rebuild
prototype
test/rebuild
week 3
Geography, Physics, and Electrical Engineering

Geography, Physics, and Electrical Engineering

week 4
build, test, rebuild, evaluate
build, test, rebuild, evaluate
build, test, rebuild, evaluate
build, test, rebuild, evaluate

The Design/Engineering Process in one page



Solar Design Challenge Resources for Inspiration and Discovery
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/search?term=solar

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/channel-solar/

Here's the xplore GNRG rubric for our design challenges




September - BOOTCAMP


C/D 1-3 and C 2-4

day1
day3
day2
day4
week1
paper tower/shop tour/safety

paper tower/shop tour/safety

week2
case study: energy use/loss
soccet, nanolight
and build high rise
test / rebuild
finish high rise
case study: energy use/loss
soccet, nanolight
and build high rise
test / rebuild
17 reasons
week3
penny battery
penny battery
penny battery
penny battery
week4
solar ovens
inspired research + design
develop prototype

feed back
materials check
field data
build
test
rebuild
solar ovens
inspired research + design
develop prototype


feed back

materials check

field data
build
test
rebuild
solar ovens





Steven Johnson Ted Talk "Where Good Ideas Come From"


IDEO Process







November - WIND

Mechanical and Electrical

December - Micro Hydro and Pedal

Mechanical and Electrical

January - Kinetic Goldbergs

Exactly what it says!

Xplore GNRG is a wonderful introduction to our award-winning STEAM programs.
The workshop model provides the balance between weekly guided seminars on ‘green’ topics with hands-on projects utilizing the Engineering - Design Process (EDP). The semester split below provides a proper introduction and exploration of GNRG topics and allows students to take both semesters without overlap.
Xplore GNRG is designed around focused workshops that introduce students to cutting edge green engineering and design.

Fall Semester - Power
1.GNRG Bootcamp - shop/lab safety protocols, materials/equipment, GNRG philosophy
2. Basic Green Technology (solar, wind, micro-hydro, peddle-power, electrical/mechanical systems)
3.Basic biodiesel (chemistry, engineering, physics)




Spring Semester - Stuff
4.GNRG Bootcamp - shop/lab safety protocols, materials/equipment, GNRG philosophy
5..Basic -material engineering ( Mycelium - biomaterial engineering, Aquaponics-urban agriculture)
6. Basic bags (fused plastics, material re-engineering, cradle to cradle philosophy)



COLLABORATION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION RUBRIC