Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Twist on the Idea

               After a while of thinking Whitley and I decided to modify our idea. We wanted our filter to be more unique than just a standard filter, so we decided to add things too it. After hearing about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan with lead in their water, we decided that maybe we could help. We are going to stick with our original blueprint but add things to it. The filter will have all the same filtration systems just with a new level of systems for lead. Instead of raising money for Water is Life we will also raise money for Flint. We are starting our construction next week with the help of our mentors.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

After Idea Showcase

         Idea Showcase was a success! We got a pretty big crowd of visitors and got some really interesting ideas and feedback. After a few presentations we got our presentation down and we felt more comfortable as the time went on. We were asked a lot of questions, but they helped us think about different aspects of our process. We also had a few people who were interested in being a mentor that could help us with construction and ideas. 
Right now we are gathering material for the pump of the device and soon we will insert the filtration systems. We will probably start the construction of the filter in a week after we have the material and resources for construction! 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Preparing For Idea Showcase

        This week is the week leading up to Idea Showcase. We are presenting our projects to the community next Tuesday and after that we will begin construction of the device after that. Whitley has been in charge mainly of the gathering of the material and I have been on research. We are still looking for material to use for the tube with a pump in our filter and a way to get all the needed filtration systems inside. Whitley and I are also pondering the idea of somehow building the pump to be manpowered by maybe the energy of a person's footsteps or using a solar panel. I am also currently in contact with a few donars who have said that they might be able to help with construction of the filter. Hopefully Idea Showcase goes well and we can start the process of construction.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Constraction

      A few weeks ago our team, Harmony put in a grant with donors choose for materials for our 20% time project. The grants came in yesterday and now Whitley and I have some of our material, like iodine crystals and a solar panel. We also have an order for membrane filter paper on the way and hope to get some mentors from the Idea Showcase to help with the construction.  
We are still trying to figure out how we are going to make the tube and pump that will hold the water, but we will try to construct it to look somewhat like a ball pump but with a base. Inside will be the series of filter and the bottom will be open. The pump will be shorter and not reach all the way to the bottom because if it were longer in would crush all the filters, but if will still be long enough to add the needed pressure. After idea showcase we will start the construction!