Wednesday, October 20, 2010

D-Lab: Practical Skills in a Learning Laboratory

Here in D-Lab we learn first hand how to build things. We make batteries from easy to find materials like tin cans, charcoal and wire. We also make a windbelt (see video), learning about aeroelastic flutter and how to generate an electrical current with wind and magnets. We experiment with quality of light, gaining an appreciation for what people use for lighting around the world. We calculate efficiency based on lumens and the "service" the light provides.

In D-Lab we walk away with a true sense of the benefits and costs of energy consumption.

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