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Powered Up: Re-Purposing Energy with an Energy Harvester

One Week: August 7-11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Taught By: Dr. Soobum Lee, Assistant Professor
UMBC Department of Mechanical Engineering
Target Group: Middle School (entering 6th – 8th)
Cost: $495

Middle school participants will turn wasted environmental energy, such as sunlight, vibration, or heat into useful electrical energy through a process called energy harvesting.  As the power requirement of modern electronics gets smaller, energy harvesting has emerged as a key technology to enable sustainable electronics operation with little-to-no battery replacement. This hands-on session will provide participants with skills to analyze and design a vibration harvesting system; prototype a simple vibration harvester using 3D Computer-Aided Design and printers; and perform tests to light up a LED. Participants will take home their 3-D Project. Activities will include a field trip to a 3D printing company. (Field trip permission form required.)

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