Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
 
July, 18th 2014
5:55
 

I have to admit – I stole the title for this post (’cause it made me giggle and want to say “what the heck???!!!”)

Maybe your future lies in studying the creatures of the sea and the benefits they bring to us.  They both fascinated and frightened our ancestors – perhaps you find them mysterious and enticing, too!

Why whale poo is good for the oceans… and us

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Hey to Duke University for the part they play in this research!

 

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July, 17th 2014
13:42
 

My name is Adam J. Spohrer, I study Computer Science at DeAnza College in Cupertino. I am interning this summer at IBM Almaden Research to present on behalf Students for a Smarter Planet, expanding their visibility among my fellow young adults.

For over a century, IBM has been a leading innovator in technology to better our planet. Since 2008, S4aSP has reflected this drive to promote a smarter planet and encourage students across the globe to invent solutions to world problems. I created a short slideshow on Prezi detailing the vision of S4aSP with a few exciting examples of student projects and related IBM services, check it out here. I plan on recording a promotional YouTube video as well.

This blog is intended to serve as an interactive blueprint facilitating and documenting cutting-edge projects, technology, and policy proposed by members of our generation. SF4aSP represents 35 countries, 263 schools, and 480 students so far.

Part of my internship involves studying Python programming with the ambition of improving the S4aSP mobile app. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been taking lessons on Codecademy learning basic syntax and developing simple dictionary, pricing, and gradebook apps. I believe that online learning, provided by resources like Codecademy, Khanacademy, and IBM’s On Demand Community, is becoming a more and more essential adjunct to supplement and reinforce traditional classroom learning–I encourage my fellow students to discover these benefits for themselves!

I will post further updates as I find more opportunities for IBM to provide students with guidance and exposure for their ideas, as well as a status update this fall regarding a S4aSP chapter I plan on starting at DeAnza. Stay tuned!

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If you are familiar with any of the various tellings of the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, you’ll understand what an extraordinary leap forward this invention provides to those who are blind or have visual impairments.   And, what a boon they can be to those who provide care and instruction for those with visual conditions.

“Braille is a very important part of the world for the estimated 39 million blind and visually impaired individuals around the globe.”

Computerized Glove Teaches Braille

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This technology is being developed in a partnership between experts behind Google Glass and Georgia Tech‘s revolutionary “Piano Touch

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Check out this post by Lawrence Bonk.  I confess to having more than my fair share of footwear in my closet – like many women, I guess.  Self-Lacing Sneakers …not likely to be a purchase I’d make for myself, but fun to contemplate!  Wearable tech is a big rage – are you wearing any?  Or better yet, designing any?  Maybe clothing/accessories will be the career path for you at Nike

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Take a look at some of Lawrence’s other posts on new stuff that’s hitting the market:  http://www.crunchwear.com/author/lawrence

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This year was the first time that Engineers for a Sustainable World hosted the Alternative Energy Challenge at UT Austin. We are happy to say that the competition was a great success! Three teams spent roughly 6 weeks building their designs and the results were quite impressive. The teams were:

Team Gurlz: The Humble Umbrella. A patio umbrella that can be deployed at restaurants and coffee shops around Austin that utilizes solar and wind power to charge electronics.

The Dream Team: Solar Powered Rooftop Hydroponics System to grow food in urban environments.

Team RAJ: A Peltier thermoelectric generator to capture heat energy released by appliances such as light bulbs and convert the heat energy to electrical energy.

In the final judging round, each team presented their research and prototypes to an audience of roughly 40 UT Austin Engineering students as well as three judges. In the end, the judges selected Team Gurlz as the winner of the competition. We are very proud to present them with a cash prize as well as recognition as the Spring 2014 winners of the Alternative Energy Challenge!

We would like to congratulate all the teams who participated in the Spring 2014 ESW Alternative Energy Challenge. Your hard work and dedication was very apparent and the judges were thoroughly impressed. The Dream Team plans to continue working on the solar powered filtration system for their hydroponic system. Team RAJ is still working through the technical details of their ambitious project. Team Gurlz spoke about implementing their prototype at a local coffee shop in Austin.

The Humble Umbrella

The Humble Umbrella

Team Gurlz

Team Gurlz

The Dream Team

The Dream Team

Audience at the final judging round.

Audience at the final judging round.

Team RAJ

Team RAJ

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