Project and Research Log

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This is the Project and Research blog - The team members communicate and record information regarding the FLL project and their research presentation. Often the information is just recorded as an Engineering/Meeting log - but if it's something specifically just for the project portion, they can put it here!


 

Your homework notes

Do your homework :)

Here are the homework topics we came up with.

Al - How will a loss of Wildlife and altered wildlife habitat from changing climate  affect our community?

Sam - How does increased wildfire and the risk of potentially more wildfire from changing climate affect our community?

Andrew - How will changing climate affect agriculture in our local community?

Bobby - How will less snow in the Sierras from changing climate affect our community?

Faith - How will flooding from changing climate affect our community?

Drew -How will water shortage from changing climate affect our community?

Aydan -How will dying trees from changing climate affect our community?

 

Homework for the week of 9/15/08 DO IT OR ELSE!!!!!! :)

 Topic: WILDFIRE

 

Here are your new homework assignments. We are looking for problems that affect our community BECAUSE of increased wildfire... and Innovative Solutions to these Problems!!

What we are covering in Wildfire is: Detection, Prevention, Fighting and Aftermath

Drew: Detection: early detection of wildfires (to save lives, property), new technology, ideas, what is Placer County doing?

Sam: Aftermath: dealing with dead trees after a wildfire in Placer County, solutions, ideas?(biomass?)

Faith: Aftermath: replanting/restoring after a wildfire, what is Placer County doing, types of trees to plant ( genetically modified super trees?), restoration ideas

Andrew: Prevention: making forests less susceptible to wildfire, what is Placer County doing? Any great new ideas/solutions?

Aydan :Fighting: problems with fighting wildfires in the Sierras (for fire fighters) and in general...any great new ideas to improve response & battling?

Bobby: Global Connection: What other places in the world have the same problems with wildfire as us? What are they doing?

Al: technology: both in detection of wildfires AND in controlling wildfires (what is Placer County doing now, and what about other places in the world?)

 

 

 

 

THIS IS YOUR HOMEWORK BOBBY!!!!!!!!

Bobby- Find the area of Tahoe Nat. Forest, and find out where watch towers are located. Email me(Faith@legoguards.net) or Heidi (Heidi@legoguards.net) if you have questions.

When we visited DRI in Reno...

On Wednesday, half of our team (Aydan, Andrew, and myself) went to DRI (Desert Research Institute) In Reno.  DRI is where scientists analize climate data from most of the western US.  We sat down in one of their conference rooms, and talked about climate changing and effecting wildfire and we also talked a little about our inovative solution.  Then we went the the ice core lab, where we learned the process the go through to get them and what they do after, and we actually did hold one from Antarctica!  It was really cool, literally since we were in their walk in freezer when we did.  Then we went to their "Cave"  Which is a virtual reality machine in which he can project images on the 3 walls and floor, we put on 3D glasses and he took us on a tour of the firefighting simulation that they use.  Then we went and say their greenhouse, which they use for chunks of land they take from different parts of the world, and keep them at different tempatures and Co2 levels.  And then we left!

The DRI

  On Wednesday Sep 24 Aydan, Aland I  went to the Desert Research Institute in Reno. We went and talked to some people about climate change and wildfires.They liked our innovative solution! Then they showed us some ice core samples in the freezer(brrrrrr!). Then we went to the cave(an incredible virtual reality room with some cool programs on it . Then we went to the greenhouse where they were doing experiments with Oklahoma grasses. This was a very fun field trip.

Homework for week of 9/29

Hello!

Great meeting today!

I brought the papers home today so,
Here is the homework you came up with for the week:

Remember: document by printing out correspondence (if you are making contact),  and ask for brochures when possible.

1. Alejandro: Google Google for information on creating a screen saver for the Forest Guard system. Document any correspondence you have and information you find (you can email me the information and I can print it out if necessary)

2. Aydan: Find local distributors/dealers of solar panels. Get contact information (or contact yourself) We need small, 12 volt, 10 watt panels to put on top of our Forest Guard roof. Also, if possible, get them to give us a cost estimate.

3. Bobby: Find local distributors/dealers for ethernet radios. Maybe find a different brand (other than Freeway). Get contact information, or email yourself and have them send us information/costs.

 

Weather Station Trip

 

At the Weather Station, in Reno, we learned about climate control and saw some cool graphs about weather.  Then we went into the Cave (Virtual Reality Room) and it was cool.  We fell off a building.  Then we went to the plant-tarium (a big greenhouse) and saw some cool plants.  They had prairie plants in their own separate rooms so they could test them in the climates.  I think these are drought resistant plants, that will use less water.  They also had ferns and other green plants.

CAL Fire!!

Our CAL Fire trip was really cool. When we got there, we told the firefighters about our "Forest Guard" solution. They really liked it! Their idea wasn't to put cameras in WUI areas like we expected. They thought that putting cameras in the wilderness would be great. The firefighters said that if a fire started in a WUI area they would be notified right away. But if it started in the wilderness, they might not get a call untill it was too big to control right away. After we talked for a few minutes, the firefighters showed us where they live and eat. Then we met some CALSTAR nurses, and they showed us the helicoptor. Heidi took lots of pictures of us in the helicoptor. Then we went to look at the fire engine. But on our way to the shed, our friends had to leave! They were called to a car crash on Highway 49. It was a great trip! Thank you CAL Fire!

Homework for this week

Hello Team,

Great meeting today! I think your presentation is coming along very well (and is definitely fun to watch!)

Since I brought the papers home, I thought I'd post this for you:
Here is what you came up with the homework for the week:

 Faith : see what you can find out about BOINC (they are out of UC Berkeley and are an open source software platform for computing using volunteered resources) I believe they helped do Seti at Home. Find out what you can about them, and maybe see if you can contact someone and tell them about Forest Guard... and get input, etc.

- also Faith: I forgot to get your notes from Cal Fire... if you can email them to me, I'll print them out to put into the binder (or you can do that).

Alejandro: Try contacting Google again, as well as follow up with Chantal Menard, Communications Officer with WWF Mediterranean (cmenard@wwwfmedpo.org).

       - also Alejandro: Re-write your script portion as well and email it to me so that I can add it to the master copy.

Drew & Bobby: check out Cal Fire's web site, look at their maps and be familiar with the area they are responsible for. Also see if we need to print any out. Can we find out information on average costs per year fighting fires? Maybe email them with any questions you have (or let me know and I can do that). Also print out anything you can find on WUI for our area.

Andrew & Aydan: Do some research on Spain and their Mediterranean climate as well as their wildfire problem and what they are doing. If you find someone to contact, send them an email (or let me know and I can do that)

Also: find anything you can on other early detection fire technology to print out and add to our binder.

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