Tag Archives: scientific reasoning and discovery

Ch-ch-ch-changes in climate

17 Apr

Join RealClimateGW this Friday from 3-5pm  in the UHP Club Room as they display the project they have been working on in Houston Miller’s class all year.

The students in this Scientific Reasoning and Discovery class have built a Carbon Dioxide Sensor post to display real time data of the carbon dioxide concentration in the air around the GW campus. The sensor will also have an interactive screen for visitors of the post to learn more about climate change and its significance.

Come on out from 3 to 5pm to explore the reality that is climate change!

Come to the Science Open House Tomorrow at the UHP!

8 Dec

Check out Prof. Houston Miller’s Scientific Reasoning and Discovery class tomorrow (Friday) from 12:30 to 2:30 in the UHP Club Room as they present the progress they’ve made so far this year on investigating climate change from Washington DC.  Find out more about their work at their official class website: http://realclimategw.org/

See you tomorrow at the open house!

Turning Algae into Fuel with the UHP and SURE (Part II!)

14 Sep

Last week we told you a bit about how, students in Prof. Miller’s Scientific Reasoning and Discovery course won funds from the SURE Award do some amazing stuff.  Their class was divided into teams responsible for different parts of the process.  Here’s an account from the other team about how they used the funds to build a vital mechanism they dubbed the “Cracken.”

Vitalgae Team

The Cracken Makers: Ben Laman-Maharg, Preston Bell, Joe Setaro, Nick Gyongyosi, Paul Organ

Vitalgae’s Reforming and Refining team achieved great success with the help of the UHP/SURE award funding. In April, we used the bulk of our funding to construct two mechanisms necessary for advancing our research. One, a setup we dubbed the “Cracken”, was a system of stainless steel tubing that ran through a tube furnace. This allowed us to heat the material gathered by the other Vitalgae teams to extreme temperatures, “cracking” the hydrocarbons within and producing liquid that is useable as fuel.

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Turning Algae into Fuel with the UHP and the SURE Award

12 Sep

Last year, students in Prof. Miller’s Scientific Reasoning and Discovery course won funds from the SURE Award and used it to make some pretty amazing stuff.  Here’s an update about how that money helped them do the kind of hands-on research that to the average person looks almost like magic.   Keep reading for their account.

The Green Stuff!

Finally working with the green stuff!

Shortly after Spring Break 2011, the extraction team at Vitalgae successfully demonstrated the feasibility of supercritical carbon dioxide extraction using orange peels. That success, however, left the team with just enough of a taste for victory to sprint to the end of the school year with environmentally friendly fervor. Encouraged by the presence of the oily product from the orange, Team Extraction finally utilized the Botryococcus Braunii alage cultivated by their colleagues in the process they had used on the orange. Just as with the first few weeks attempts with the orange, though, progress proved to be frustratingly elusive.

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