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  • Building to Scale: Skill-building activities

    Posted by mbrownstone on January 10, 2007

    A-Days
    ALL THE FOLLOWING WORK IS DUE WEDNESDAY 1/10/07
    Classwork and Homework from 1/2/07 through 1/10/07
    1/2/07 Classwork:

    • Reading Reflections
    • Google Earth Reflections

    1/4/07 Classwork

    • Elevations
    • Roof View

    Homework Due 1/4/07

    • Needs analysis
    • Identification of property boundaries
    • Concept sketch

    Homework Due 1/8/07

    • Measurements (real world dimensions)
    • Mathmatical conversions
    • 2-D plan (net)

    1/8/07 Classwork/Homework Due 1/10/07

    • 3-D Building

    B-DaysALL THE FOLLOWING WORK IS DUE THURSDAY 1/11/07Classwork and Homework from 1/3/07 through 1/11/07
    1/3/07 Classwork:

    • Reading Reflections
    • Google Earth Reflections

    1/5/07 Classwork

    • Elevations
    • Roof View

    Homework Due 1/5/07

    • Needs analysis
    • Identification of property boundaries
    • Concept sketch

    Homework Due 1/9/07

    • Measurements (real world dimensions)
    • Mathmatical conversions
    • 2-D plan (net)

    1/9/07 Classwork/Homework Due 1/11/07

    • 3-D Building

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    Infrastructure–NYC Traffic Arteries 1941

    Posted by mbrownstone on December 14, 2006

    Thought you might enjoy this vintage b&w film strip

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    Investigation to Design to Essay

    Posted by mbrownstone on December 9, 2006

    Thursday A-Day 1st/4th Periods (December 7, 2006)
    Frida
    B-Day 1st/5th Periods (December 8, 2006)

    G.Q. How do we design our fuel cell system and write up the research report?

    In class today we read the sample essay as a catalyst to discussion about what do we need to do and what information do we need to gather before we can approach writing the research essay in English class?

    • Determine the population
    • Use the graph to find the electricity concumption
    • Use the chart to determine the output for the fuel cells for each zone
    • Find the efficiency rates for the fuel cells you are using.
    • Decide where the fuel cells will go
    • Decide how the hydrogen will be produced (internal or external reformers–depends on the type of fuel cell you use)
    • Decide how you will distribute the electricity (self contained for each building, a micro grid for a small area and using power lines to get it to the consumer)

      Homework: Bring Abstract and Research Essay to Tech on Monday/Tuesday because we will selectYour Tech Portfolio should have the following:
    • complete the deisgn brief problem statement (make it ready for assessment)
    • summarize notes on readings (determine inmportance, only the ones you need for the essay–it’s prewriting for the research essay)
    • annotated bibliography (typed and ready to go)

    Note: if you are having trouble with finding specific data for your essay, do the best you can and we will try to help you out on Monday/Tuesday in class.

    Posted in fuel cells, Investigation | Leave a Comment »

    Sample Annotated Bibliography

    Posted by mbrownstone on December 5, 2006


    USE — citatiomachine.net or easybib.com to make your job easier!!

    Annotated Bibliography


    (BOOKS LOOK LIKE THIS)

    Ewing, Rex A.. Hydrogen Hot Stuff Cool Science: Journey to a World of Hydrogen energy and Fuel Cells at the Wasserstoff Farm. Masonville, CO: PixyJack Press, 2004.

    Annotation begins here . . .(just one or two sentences that let the reader know the usefulness of this source)

    (WEB SITES LOOK LIKE THIS)

    Nice, Karim. “Howstuffworks “How Fuel Cells Work”.” How Stuff Works. The Convex Group. 5 Dec 2006 .

    Annotation begins here . . .

    (JOURNAL ARTICLES LOOK LIKE THIS)

    Booth, David. “Understanding Fuel Cells.” Home Power 35(1993): 37-40.

    Annotation begins here . . .

    (WEB SITE/PDF LOOKS LIKE THIS)

    Hawkes, Dennis. “Fuel Cell Today – A Vision of the Hydrogen Economy in Wales.” Fuel Cell Today. 23 March 2005. Johnson Matthey, Plc. 5 Dec 2006 .

    Annotation begins here . . .

    (ONLINE JOURNAL LOOKS LIKE THIS)

    Zittel, Werner. “Production of Hydrogen.” Hydrogen in the Energy Sector 8.7.19968 July 1996 .

    Annotation begins here . . .

    Posted in fuel cells, Investigation | 2 Comments »

    From Annotated Bibliography to Design

    Posted by mbrownstone on December 5, 2006

    Tuesday A-Day 1st/4th Periods (December 5, 2006)
    Wednesday
    B-Day 1st/5th Periods (December 6, 2006)

    Guiding Questions: What do we know? How do we know? What do we still need to learn?

    In class we started our annotated bibliograpy to organize our thoughts around the design problem.


    Homework:

    • Read assigned chapter from Hydrogen Hot Stuff Cool Science
    • Complete annotated bibliography (to this point) because it will be attached to the research essay you are writing for Niki’s class.
    • Write your summary of research (to this point) because it will lead right into the research essay you are writing for Niki’s class.  Write your research summaries in chunks (the essay will be done in Niki’s class):
      • Explain what you know about how fuel cells work. (Use the one type you are using in your group’s city, don’t describe all kinds of fuel cells)
      • Describe how you get Hydrogen by using renewable energy sources? (Write about the way your city will get Hydrogen, not all possible ways.)
      • Explain how that energy source is renewable.
      • Explain how the Hydrogen will be stored before it is used.

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    How about ‘dem fuel cells?

    Posted by mbrownstone on December 1, 2006

    Friday A-Day 1st /4th periods (December 1, 2006)

    E.Q. What decisions lie ahead?

    Today we worked in groups to share our investigation/research and to make some preliminary decisions about proceeding.

    • Which areas of our future city will benefit from fuel cells?
      • How is electricity produced and distributed to that area now?
    • Which fuel cell technology is feasible for that job? (to the best of your knowledge thus far)
    • Will you ADD or CHANGE OVER to 100% fuel cell technology?
    • What problems/drawbacks/challenges need to be overcome to make the new system work well and be efficient?

    Homework:
    Each person in a group has a different reading to report on.

    Posted in fuel cells, Investigation | Leave a Comment »

    Fuel Cell Technology–Getting Started

    Posted by mbrownstone on November 29, 2006

    Wednesday A-Day 1st /4th periods (November 29, 2006)
    Thursday
    B-Day 1st/5th Periods (November 30, 2006)

    Unit III: Fuel Cell Technology
    Area of Interaction: Environmnet
    E.Q. How can fuel Cells be used to meet the ower needs of a city?

    Today we viewed video clips on generating electricity and the possibilities of using fuel cell technology to counter the dreadful affects of rapid development in China’s urban areas and other rapidly developing cities. (If you want to view the videos again, see links to clips below)


    Homework:
    Each person in a group took a different research approach. (See Homework Handout)
    See Handouts Page for other handouts.


    Video Clips Should just open in another window (If it doesn’t you may need quicktime player. If you don’t have one, you need to download it free quicktime player to view the videos):

    Posted in fuel cells, Investigation | Leave a Comment »

    A Measure of Success

    Posted by mbrownstone on November 28, 2006

    Monday A-Day 1st /4th periods (November 27, 2006)
    Tuesday
    B-Day 1st/5th Periods (November 28, 2006)

    Guiding Question:
    How do we measure our success?

    Today in class we worked in groups to evaluate the success of our cities.

    Homework:

    Posted in Engineering, Evaluation | Leave a Comment »

    Wrapping up

    Posted by mbrownstone on November 21, 2006

    Friday A-Day 1st /4th periods (November 18, 2006)
    Monday
    B-Day 1st/5th Periods (November 20, 2006)

    Guiding Question:

    • Where in the world is your city?
    • How is your city growing?

    In class we completed the city inventory sheets and compared cities against the rubrics to determine what needed to be done to c omplete them.
    Homework:

    • Last chance to grow cities
    • Read and Reflect: Read the packet of city abstracts and write reflections
      • What did you notice?
      • What ideas did you get for your city abstract?
      • Be preapred to share reflections in class

    Additional Reading:

    CLICK HERE NY Times article on the futuristic plans ofr Kazakhstan’s capital.

    CLICK HERE High Rise Development Plans threaten Vietnam’s Once Gracious Former Capital

    Posted in Engineering | 1 Comment »

    Through the Lens of Homo Faber

    Posted by mbrownstone on November 9, 2006

    Thursday A-Day 1st /4th periods (November 9, 2006)
    Friday B-Day 1st/5th Periods (November 10, 2006)

    Guiding Questions:

    • How and why do we create?
    • What are the benefits and drawbacks of our creations?

    Due Today:

    Spot check portfolios (each day another group will have portfolios checked). Please be sure your work is up to date and process logs are kept in order in the creation stage pocket.

    Homework:

    • Complete the homo faber reflections (See handout.)
    • Continue to grow your city

    Posted in Areas of Interaction, Creation, Engineering, Internationalism | Leave a Comment »

     
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