For this project, I designed a vending machine that gave straws to users. It is important to me because I drink smoothies often, and if that is the case, I want to ensure that the system is environmentally friendly. I found that a straw vending machine may be a good option for certain scenarios. The amount of energy needed to run a machine is quite minimal, and as such, the machine proves to be environmentally friendly.
The main challenge I faced in this project was learning new tools to design my model. From working with Autodesk 360 Inventor to finding out how to export as a .obj so that I could use another new tool to put the model on the blog, these challenges pushed me out of my technological comfort zone, forcing me to learn new tools, and utilize them in an effective manner.
I would say that my main strength is my final product. I think that it is polished, and communicates the information effectively. I would also say that my creativity, and going the extra mile to design the model in 3D, made my project more interesting. However, I think that I could have utilized more physics concepts into the project, and I wished I had kept eye contact with the camera for the latter part of the video.
Just over a week ago, I set out to answer my question. To what extent does a paid vending machine for straws reduce the environmental impact of straw usage? And over that time, I have learned a great deal. One thing I have learned is that the issue of straws is a global one. Just two days ago, Deep Cove, CA moved to ban plastic straws to reduce their environmental impact. Unfortunately, here in Vietnam, such laws have not been implemented. Thus, even smaller changes to local communities can have great impact on the environment. A Paid vending machine would help reduce the number of people choosing to use plastic straws.
One of the hardest things for me during the course of the project so far has been the difficulty in finding research about straw usage. Most movements to reduce straw usage have attempted to change local legislation to ban straws. However, for the scope of this project, such change is unlikely. Another thing that has been hard is for me to use 3D CAD software to create a 3D model of my project. After hard work and a lot of time however, I am pleased to announce the unveiling of the first ever(I think) straw machine!
To my great pleasure, I am ahead of schedule. I finished the first blog post, researched necessary information, finished blog post 2(once I publish this), and, to my surprise, have also finished the CAD design. The next thing for me to do is focus a bit more on the physics aspect of the project, then put it all into a pretty website for presentation. Onwards!
For my Physics Engineering Project, I am creating a vending machine for straws, with the aim to reduce the usage of disposable straws. It is important to me because I drink a lot of smoothies, and I can’t stand trowing away straw after straw. Plastic is a big problem in the world, and we need to be more conscious of or decisions to use plastic in our everyday lives. When we slow down to think about our use of plastic straws, I hope that people reconsider their choice to use plastic straws.
I plan to design a straw vending machine that accepts bills as input, and when the bill is sensed, automatically outputs one single straw. My main research question is as followed. To what extent does a paid vending machine for straws reduce the environmental impact of straw usage? I am going to use Autodesk 360 Fusion to CAD a design to this.
My Timeline for completion is below.
This timeline seems doable. I plan on sticking to it quite closely. A lot of the design for the CAD, website, and Research will overlap.
In this project, I found the power required to run all CPU fans now, and in 2100. I hypothesised that in 2100, due to climate change and population growth, that more energy would be required to run the fans. This is important to me, because if proved true, it would show that even small aspects of our daily lives will be effected by climate change. As a computer enthusiast, I was personally interested in the project.
This hypothesis proved not only true, but far beyond the initial increase I had expected. Power consumption from CPU fans more than doubles. I was not expecting an increase this drastic, and these findings made the project worth it to me.
Strengths & Weaknesses
The hardest thing for me in this project was linking all the sections of the project together. For example, outside of the extensive layers of data processing, my editing became a very involved process, with many layers. Here is a snapshot of my editing environment for the video:
It is not really that any one section of the project was overly hard. It was keeping track of all the different elements that needed to come together that became hard as the project went on and progressively became more complex.
However, my weakness may have shined what I feel was my strength in the project. I felt like I had really good time management, and because of that, was able to finish in a time frame that I liked. I also Feel that another one of my strengths was my ability to bring together all the elements of the project in a way that made sense.
The Final Product
Oh man, finally. Once that render bar hit 100% and the video was cleanly uploaded to Youtube with the description filled out, I finally felt that the long road to the finale was worth it. When I looked at the video, I almost forgot about all the work that went into it, and it all just came together cleanly. I feel proud of the final product, and enjoyed the process of making it. Take a look at it here.
This project has been a different sort of difficult than I was expecting. I am used to having one big problem, and solving it through one hard calculation or task. This project has been different. I have had to string together many different pieces of data to reach the final value I want. To illustrate this, take a look at my spreadsheet that catalogs my progress:
as you can see, the starting values go through a lot of processing to reach the final values I want. I have learned a lot about my Research question, mostly in that the difference in power necessary is vastly larger than I was expecting. Another interesting thing that I have learned during this process is the number of variables related to this question.
The hardest thing for me has been a good way to represent the power. Because we are talking about power usage at a mass scale, It can be hard to provide a way for people to personally connect with the data. I think I found a good solution by representing the power usage in boxcars filled with coal. It took a lot of trial and error to get to this solution.
I am completing the project at a good pace. I ended up blurring the two sections of the project(the data collection and the video production) together. As I completed the data collection, I represented that data in video format by creating animated graphs and charts. I also created the script along with the data collection. This means that I only have to do the A roll, as I also finished the B roll and titles for the video. This means that I am on track to finish the project this weekend with time to spare to make sure I have a relaxed production schedule for shooting and editing the video. I can’t wait for all the elements of this project to come together, and I am exited to see how the final product comes out.
This is blog post 1 of a 3 part blog chronicling my sustainability project for Physics. This project intends to show the impacts of climate change on our everyday lives. In this blog post, i will lay out my project outline and timeline for completion.
How will climate change affect the energy usage of CPU fans? This is the question I aim to answer in this unit. This question is important to me as a computer enthusiast because it is one demonstration of the widespread impact of climate change. I am also interested in a way to represent the extra power required in terms people could more easily understand. There are some key questions that must be answered to tackle the larger questions. Below, I have a question map, with layer 1 being my main question, layer 2 being key question, and further layers support the key questions.
How will climate change affect the energy usage of CPU fans?
How much energy do CPU fans require now?
How many computers are there in the world?
How many people have internet?
What percentage of all devices are computers?
What is the ambient air temperature in the world?
How much energy do the fan’s motors require to run?
What is the work of the fan?
What is the torque?
How much energy will CPU fans require in 2100?
How many computers will there be in the world?
How many people will have internet?
What is the estimated population increase?
What percentage of all devices will be computers?
What will be the ambient air temperature in the world?
How will climate change affect the ambient air temperature?
How much energy will fan’s motors require to run?
What is the work of the fan?
What is the torque?
To share the project with the world, I will make a 2-4 minute long video that explains the process of finding how much extra power CPU fans will require in 2100. This video will be formatted in the following manner:
Explanation of Task
Explaining Data Calculations
Demonstrating how much energy would be required in real terms
In the next week, I plan to gather all the data necessary for the video. In the final week of the project, I will film the video and upload it to youtube. The hard part of this project will be finding the amount of power necessary by the fans, which is why I will give myself a week to work out the data required for the project.
In our assignment, We created a project centered around human trafficking. Our project was to create an infographic to raise awareness over social media. I learned a lot about other issues in the world by visiting other projects students had done. Our user was the average mid-class person that could speak english. as such, we focused on running our project on social media to appeal to this audience. Because of this learning service project, I am much more aware of the issues surrounding our world. I understand how large of a problem human trafficking is, and feel more like I have made an impact on the world.
In Social Studies, we have been working on a project to reflect changes in the world. Our group created an infographic to raise awareness for human trafficking. It has been surprising to me the level of severity of human trafficking. As we found out, the average cost of a slave in the world is only $90.
We have recently done a poetry unit in Exploratory writing. I enjoyed it because of the flexibility that poetry gives you in terms of writing. I have learned a lot about how to create scenes with words. And have people envision the scenes with words. It was hard for me to effectively use white space. I liked my human rights poem because of the flow of words. My visuals made the poem more meaningful. I enjoyed writing poetry. I enjoyed the flexibility, but did not like the forced whitespace. Overall it was a fun unit, but not my favorite.