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  • Rotors_177_

    I sure could use a wind tunnel right about now. Anyone out there have a spare one in their backyard? The trouble with trying to test a wind turbine on the cheap is that you'll continuously be frustrated with your results. You'll keep saying, "If only I had a _." Our team has been at the point several times over the past couple months -- so I've made the executive decision to fork over the cash for a much needed data acquisition system. Now, if only I could source a wind tunnel...

    Wind turbine improvements this week include the addition of "caps" on the blades (see above photo). The fabulous Charlie Snyder retrofitted our turbine friend with three plywood disks that will help force the wind to blow through the blades. High School (!!) kids tested out this concept back in August with promising results. Regardless, next steps for the turbine (besides more testing) include analyzing more rotor configurations based on the test results from two weeks ago. Planning on more prototyping sessions in the upcoming weekends.

    Highlights for the wind turbine:

    • Ralf Hotchkiss joined us in today's session. Ralf is the founder of Whirlwind Wheelchair, a local organization that's been generating wheelchairs for the developing world for two decades.
    • We've also had another fabulous organization express interest in the turbine design. Could possibly be tested out in Africa in the next few months.
  • SuMin's Twist, change

    Community, Environmental Design

    The #1 thing that I want to change is that we are going through global warming. It is very important issue because if we don’t prepare and protect our nature, something we never imagined will come and destroy everything we’ve got. A lot of people are doing practices, and develop lots of new applications; ways to produce materials which doesn’t have to do with anything that is harmful to the nature. But I don’t think those are actually working effectively well enough. Even we try to reduce the amount of usage of plastics, for example, it still is very actively used in the market. So, I’d like to work on that to save the world.

  • SuMin's Twist, World

    Community, Environmental Design


    I want to discard passport and let people travel all around the world as they wish. By traveling different places, cultures, and races, traveler can learn so much that can’t be taught by the book. It will expand their thinking process, values, and will increase their maturity level. Life is just short to just live in one place; there are so many things out there that can’t be imagined. Traveling the world will educate oneself by their journey. To do it, make countries all over the world sign the agreements which will let anyone enter and travel wherever they want. But possibly make exceptions for criminals, terrorists.

  • SuMin's Twist, Country

    Community, Environmental Design


    I see a lot of illegal immigrants living in the states. Because they are not legally residents, they can’t get insurances, other many health services, and so much more. Without insurance, it is expensive to go to hospital even when you are sick. So, I saw many news dealing with this issue whether they have to get treated or not. But I think anyone should get treated when they are sick even if they are not legalized residents and has no insurance. So to do it, I want to make a law where people have to only pay about 3% of their income to get some medical treatment instead of paying much for insurance.Everyone in the nation will be benefit, whether they have money or not, by the law because it will provide medical treatments to everyone equally.

  • SuMin's Twist, neighborhood

    Community, Environmental Design


    I want my neighborhood to have best environment in learning. A lot of kids are living around my place. They gather around to play basketball together and play in the playground. It is wonderful to play and socially connected with other people. However, learning new things and how to express themselves is also important. Therefore, I'd like to create an art exhibitions, galleries, and art learning center in the neighborhood. With these companies, it will increase neighbor's aesthetic sense, and to be more educated with all fields. Galleries, exhibitions, and art learning center will teach them how to explore their ideas through art, and to be more creative.

  • SuMin's Twist, Community

    Community, Environmental Design


    I spend most of my time in my room, and my #1 vision for change is to make it more comfortable, clean, creative, and loving environment. Having sweet home is essential to everyone as it is where you can escape from all the stresses which you get from outside of the world. By having loving, creative, and comfortable place, you can be extremely relaxed, and be emotionally healthy. Home is important as it can define one's personality or character. So, having sweet, healthy home is beneficial to everyone. Also, I think home completes with having great family with strongly connected with you, and through family these loving, creative, and comfortable environment is established. So, I'd like to make some kind of easy installation, for people who live far away from their home, that looks like their room in back home to remind their real home and stay connected. Installation's design can be customized by the users.



    Imagine the place where you spend most of your time each day. Where is it? WORK. Imagine the vision uou most want it to be.

    1. What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? Setting up company meetings with all affiates present once a week.
    2. After your #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit? By interacting with each other, exchanging ideas and been updated in every action of the company.
    3. Give some examples of what you can do (on your own/ with a group) to make your vision a reality. I can meet with the owner and the mananger of the company to explain my vision and the possible solution, and hear what their opinion is.

    Examples: Recycling space, Confortable chairs, good illumination.

    Imagine your neighborhood the way you most want it to be.

    1. What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? By adding more light to the streets and emergency stops avaliable for the public 24 hours
    2. After your #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit? By feeling secure and been able to get help at anytime when needed.
    3. Give some examples of what you can do (on your own/ with a group) to make your vision a reality. Examples: Light post, security cameras, emergency phone stands.

    Imagine your country the way you most want it to be.

    1. What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? By investing more money in public education.
    2. After your #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit? By having more knowledge and therefore earning more availabiliti...
  • Vote_177_

    To make a change to the world, we must begin with our nation. Creating a world free of extreme poverty, death by disease and starvation, will never happen unless we as a nation, as a country help create this change. This will only be possible by using our free will to choose a the best leader, a leader who represents what we as a group is all about. Change is what we need to help create a better future for everyone. This is not possible without the help of the citizens. People must know the importance of voting, and use the option given to us to pick the right leader. Helping to get others vote will help us take a small step to creating something better.

  • TWiST


    Imagine the place where you spend most of you time each day. Where is it? “On the chair” Imagine it as you most want it to be…

    1What is your number 1 vision for change that will make it that way?

    Sitting on a chair, this is one of the worst postures for human’s body, but we need to sit on a chair to work. However, all human beings are all different, and nobody has same body, thus, we cannot have perfect chair for individual. Ideally, the chair can be adjustable in any form and any size that reduce the stress of sitting for a body.

    2After your number 1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit?

    If it is possible to focus a benefit, everyone is released from muscle pain and stress of sitting long time, and they could work effectively.

    3Give some example of what you can do (on your own/with a group) to make your vision

    From physical direction, use transformable material and design. But we can plan how we would produce many people as much as possible as a group. Or we can plan how to build it by people. We can provide idea and system, then people who like this might build by themselves.

    Imagine your neighborhood the way you most want it to be.

    4What is your number 1 vision for change that will make your neighborhood that way?

    People are working as a group and there is several levels of groups. Neighborhoods are one of small local community that is the closest to you or your family. In any culture, people care about its distance between you and others. Ideally, a ...

  • 3M Window Film

    Environment, Industrial Design


    I was walking down the street the other day and realized that a worker was covering the windows of a bank with a clear film. It was crystal clear and invisible once it was applied. After some research I found out that it was probably the 3M Window Film.

    This is what I found out about it: 3M Window Film is a super durable film, as seen in the picture, that you stick on the exterior of your windows. It protects the glass, covers cracks and holes, filters UV rays and other factors that cause fading of the color of furniture, hardwood and fabrics and a specific type also reflects heat and fights over-heating in summer. Under many circumstances, this can be a step to save some electricity and money spent on maintenance. Remember that sun can fade and yellow paperwork, magazines, books and photography so much faster, and I'm telling this from experience.

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