Test Print from MAKE Magazine

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Students during the STEMulate Learning workshop this weekend asked me to test our self-built and modified MendelMax2 RepRap 3D Printer using the stylized Rook print from MAKE Magazine’s annual printer “Shoot Out” Test, with very good results. Continue reading

High-Efficiency Personal Vehicles

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Designs from my earlier energy efficiencies and energy recovery systems for personal vehicles. Continue reading

Plumbing the Depths

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I asked the STEMulate Learning workshop participants to create a pressure vessel for our ROV cameras as inexpensively as possible. The current design overall should be less than the per-ROV cost for our Sea Perch designs. Continue reading

3D Printer Assessments

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Accidental damage to the 3D printers for the AggieSTEM summer camps required time to diagnose the damage, giving us time to set up two Raspberry Pi single-board computers for OctoPrint remote web-based 3D printer control and monitoring using OctoPi. Continue reading

Diamonds from the World Community Grid

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Our World Community Grid contributions have exceeded 52 years of CPU power overall, and 20+ years toward the FightAIDS@Home research program. The contribution level for 20+ years is the “Diamond” category. Continue reading

ROV Simulators and Pressure Issues

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Our students continue work on their ROV video monitors using small automotive backup safety cameras and security video cameras protected during submergence by pressure vessels each group is creating by hand. One issue that has emerged from the depth tests … Continue reading

Our #SciFund Challenge 2014 Project Has Opened!

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At midnight on the 5th of February, we launch our #SciFund Challenge project to crowd-fund an OpenROV and underwater video camera for summer STEM workshops. This project will run for 30 days, until the 7th of March: http://www.microryza.com/exploringthedepths/ Continue reading

Cover Art for our #SciFund Challenge Project

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Our cover art for the 2014 #SciFund Challenge was selected by our workshop participants using very low-tech decision making technologies. Continue reading

DIY Low-cost ROV underwater Video Cameras

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We are continuing to build ROV video feeds using inexpensive ($15 ea) video cameras for our Sea Perch and OpenROV underwater robot designs. Continue reading