Hi there, SungKyu here! Today I am back again to share my journey on this new project that I am doing, which is to try and answer the question "How can we use science and engineering to enact change in the world?"
For this unit of using science to make a change in this world, I thought extremely deep about what I can do. It took me a very long time (3 lessons) to actually find a topic that I could be both curious about whilst do a fairly good job on "creating" something.
First I thought of creating ergonomic furnitures to solve problems we get like bad eye sight and neck curvature, but I felt like that was already solved in many creative ways by people. Then I thought of my geography lesson, where my unit happened to be about tsunamis!
By looking at a case study of Tohoku tsunami, I was able to find out that one that hit in 2011 had 35000+ in death and around $360 billion in financial loss. That was absolutely shocking! By looking at this I thought of creating an invention, that could stop the tsunami from even coming to the mainland.
Just a quick side note, I decided to change my question from "Wakandan Protection" to "wall" because if I want to talk about the Wakandan Protection it would make more sense to just talk about the energy part of physics since it is an energy wall, and that I am adding different physics elements other than energy.
As it is explained clearly in my documentary(link is at the end of this blog), I won't go too much into the specifics, but here are general things that I found.
- Evaporating the whole ocean water in tsunami might be possible, if nuclear fusion can be possible to create massive amount of heat energy
- Creating a well/tunnel can support a physical concrete barrier from withstanding the tsunami's pushing force
- Making a big concrete barrier can make the pressure on the concrete by tsunami smaller, hence making it less easy for the barrier to break
- Freezing the water would not be as easy as evaporating the water, as freezing means the freezing device has to make waste heat energy go out somewhere, which can eventually heat the water again.
- Making a tunnel would not work since it can produce sink holes.
During this project, I gotta admit there were so many bumps and scratches and hard times that I would not forget. As said on my previous blog, getting a sound topic and know what to research was really hard. What else was really challenging, was that I could not manage my time sometimes, and had to end up writing my blog at 12am like right now! (Sorry Mr.Bunting). But usually I was able to follow my calendar, and did a pretty good job of managing time.
In a nutshell:
What did I do that’s good:
- Managing time
- Following the calendar
- knowing what to research
- choosing a sound topic
Even better if:
- Managing times (since there were some days where I procrastinated quite a lot)
I don’t think I had much weaknesses, I think everything went well as planned fortunately.
Without further ado, here is my documentary/video. Enjoy!
Documentary citation: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?redir_token=_hSmnJXsajh1b4lNsjqrXeWCjzp8MTUyNzMzNDU2OEAxNTI3MjQ4MTY4&q=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F14q1fA6nV-Z6PzUFQDqXyYBFyMX7hfRbxue755T9GasA%2Fedit%3Fusp%3Dsharing&event=video_description&v=etCaaLlHmy8
Osborne, Hannah. “Japan 2011 Tsunami Could Happen Again.” International Business Times UK, Blizzard Entertainment, 26 May 2015, www.ibtimes.co.uk/what-caused-2011-japan-earthquake-tsunami-similar-528027.