Welcome to Open House!
By: Luke Molano
This project was about designing a house for Tony Stark somewhere in California (obviously in a low Earthquake risk area). We had to design the house as stable as we could and use different technologies, such as cross braces. Our driving question was: "How can we, as structural engineers, construct a two story house in California for Tony Stark that will withstand seismic activity?" Our design was a two story house with 'pillars' on each side. I learned that we could have built a more secure building with cross braces. I also learned that we should have conserved more of our materials.
30 Hand Project
I learned that each and everyday, the Earth and atmosphere are being affected by fossil fuels and what affects the earth results in. I enjoyed being able to use a script because I didn't have to memorize it.
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The environmental problem that we are solving is forest fires. Because our invention is a smoke-detecting sprinkler, it sprays water throughout the area that it is in through holes poked from the outside. We are using solar energy to power our smoke detector.
My favorite unit from this year HAS to be Unit 6: Energy and material resources. I enjoyed this unit due to the invention convention project. I learned that we have plenty of ways to conserve energy. My favorite activity was the renewable and non renewable resources hand outs (pgs. 9-12)