Final Weblog

1. What was your original proposal?
My original proposal this year was to create a food mile 2.0 which took into consideration the net energy cost to make a certain imported food and comparing it to the net energy cost of the same food but when it was locally grown. My goal was to have labels that displayed this information on selected foods. This project did not end up working out because some companies I tried to get information from would not disclose it.

2. Who did you collaborate with or not, and how did that impact your project?
I did not collaborate very much with anyone on my own projects but throughout the year I did lend a hand to some of the other people in my class like Oliver and his photography of the lab and Anneliese with her hydroponics project and it was a good change from working on my own so I enjoyed it.

3. What legacy does your project leave for others?
Regardless of results I recorded the reasons for failures and the walls I hit which can be helpfull for anyone working with corporations in the future.

4. If you are coming back next year, where will you pick up, what will you need, and if you have submitted a proposal, copy it here. If you are not, do the same for someone who might be following in your footsteps.
I will not be coming back next year but all of the resources I needed this year or the ones I could bring in myself were already available to me in the E-Lab.

5. If you were describing your year in ISR to a stranger, what would you say? What did you learn? What were your greatest challenges and how did you overcome them? What are you most proud of? What would you have done differently?
ISR is a class where you dictate what you do. It is unlike all other classes because in other classes there are people who don't care to be there. In ISR, everyone wants to be here and wants to work on the projects that they created themselves. Aside from learning about the project I learned a lot about work ethic and time management because you rarely have someone on your back and telling you to get stuff done as well as you have to teach yourself a lot of things you don't know even though Dr. Bill is extremely helpful with most things you need. To summarize, I would recommend this class to anyone who has a good work ethic and self motivation and wants to learn in a different setting from the normal classroom.

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5-11-17

Today I worked on my programming final project.

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5-10-17

I had my final presentation with Miss Petteys and I think it went very well. She underlined the fact that I have had experience that will help me in college to be ahead of my classmates and that I need to make sure people know the experience I have so that I have opportunities early on before senior or junior year of college.

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5-8-17

I spent most of the class finalizing the powerpoint that I will use to show pictures and screenshots from my work this semester but took a bit of a break and listened to the ASMR recordings on the physics server.

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5-6-17 weekly summary

This week was focused on our final presentations. I spent the classes in the middle room of the e lab rehearsing my presentation or what I had written so far and writing what I hadn't finished. I also spent some time looking up aspects of good presentations online and trying to incorporate those into my presentation.

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5-4-17

Continued to work on my verbal presentation and rehearsed it in the middle room. Vanessa and Jake also helped me with it because they listened to it and gave me feedback as we all did for each other.

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5-3-17

Tung, Vanessa, Jake and I spent class in the middle room working on our presentations and giving each other input on them to improve.

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5-1-17

Today was a change of pace from Mr. Schorn's high pace teaching but it was still productive. I took the time to work on my presentation a bit but mostly work on concepts that I want to incorporate. I spent most of the time on a site that showed me aspects of a good presentation and I wrote them down and tried to relate them to my project.



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4-29-17 weekly summary

This week we spent our time primarily on our presentations. We had a group session where we went around and helped each other by asking questions that would be useful to have the answers to during our presentations. We also learned about the importance of the why factor in all of our projects because anyone can do a project but having a reason that drives you to do it and a reason that helps others to appreciate it is what makes our projects special. For the last day of the week Mr. Schorn helped us with our why reason and out presentations by giving us writing prompts that probed us for important questions about our projects.

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4-27-17

We spent the class in the conference room and Mr. Schorn was nice enough to help us develop our why ideas with writing exercises using prompts he gave us. We did things like an elevator pitch about out project, a short paragraph on the background that will evolve into a why statement and an exercise where we found some brand words that described the why statement for our projects.



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4-26-17

Watched a ted talk by Simon Sinek about why businesses are so successful even though they have the same capabilities and qualifications as others. The successful ones all share something in common. They all tell people why they do what they do first and then move on to how they do it and what it is they do. People will be drawn to something if they know why it is being done and like that reason. Most of the time companies just say what they have and even if what they are selling is great, people might not buy it if they don't care about it. The why explanation makes them care. We will use this idea in our final projects when we do not only present what we have don't and or will do but why we have done or will do it.

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4-24-17

Today I went through ideas and suggestions with the whole ISR class about my project and about everyone else's. We wanted to make small outlines that will help us in the next few weeks with our final presentations.



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4-22-17

This week I was only present for 2 days of class because I had an appointment in kona on Wednesday. The days I was in class I looked into the actual microgrid project or at least the equipment that they are using and found that like most microgrids there is a lot of focus on energy storage since the sustainable ways they get their energy such as solar are not always consistent so they need to have energy stored and a good amount of it. For a short time I took a break from that and went outside to check on all the hydroponics plants and how they were doing. I was pleasantly surprised by their rapid growth and almost didn't believe it at first. Then I remembered that the optimum amount and variety of nutrients is in their water and thats why they grow so efficiently.

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4-20-17

Today I took a look at how all of the plants are doing in the hydroponics planters. Both the vertical and the flat box planters seem to be doing very well and the plants are growing rapidly for such a short time.




After that I looked at another piece of hardware from the Palmyra atoll microgrid project. It was a 1300 amp hour 48v battery bank.



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4-19-17

I was absent because I had an appointment in Kona in the morning.

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4-17-17

Since I learned a lot about Palmyra Atoll's history and its current state last class I wanted to no more about the specific microgrid that's going to/ is being done. I looked at the map for all of the assets in the microgrid today and started to look at the specific pieces of it in depth more. Like the Sunny boy inverters







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4-15-17 weekly summary

This weekI found that the grant that was mentioned in the Pro Terra webinar and that I was looking into was closed. I will resume looking for other financing options that are currently available this coming week hopefully. I also helped Anneliese finish up building the two planters for the hydroponics system. We had already had them built but we spent a class putting in the plastic liner that the water will sit in which will touch the bottom of the plants. On the last day of class for the week, Dr. Bill told me about a microgrid project that was being done on Palmyra Atoll a little ways from Hawaii. I did not get a lot of information about the actual project (I hope to next class) but I learned a lot about Palmyra Atoll as far as the history of it and its current state.

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4-13-17


Today Dr. Bill told me about a microgrid project on Palmyra atoll. I read some articles on the atoll and watched some videos on their wind Generator. Apparently the atoll has been the spot for a lot of weird occurrences including suspected murders and buried treasure.






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4-12-17

today, Anneliese and I used some waterproof lining to line the bottoms of the hydroponics planters. We used tape and screws to keep the lining down and filled them with water and they seem to work well. Next time we will make the tops for the planters that the plants will fit into and touch the top of the water from.





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4-10-17

Today I took a quick look at the vertical hydroponics planter that Dr. Bill has working outside and I also looked into the FTA's grants that were mentioned in the Pro Terra webinar but unfortunately found that the specific grant I was looking at was expired. It is likely that there are other financing options that I can look for next class.



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