Resource Consumption and Energy Production

School project: 1st Vocational Lyceum of Acharnes

We have not implemented any of the proposed teaching scenarios as we are in the examination period since 12/05/2023. However, the students in our pedagogical team are aware of the climate crisis as they participated in an eTwinning project on climate change this school year.
We worked on the construction of a robotic composting bin which will compost organic waste and the product will be used in our school’s greenhouse.
In addition, with energy generated by a solar panel it will send real-time measurements of humidity, temperature and air quality to its enclosure to the Thingsboard platform in order to check its proper functioning.
It was used a commercial composting bin, solar panel. 6V battery, esp32 microcontroller, temperature, humidity, light and air quality sensors, servo motor that turns the solar panel towards the sun, blender for shredding organic waste, pond pump that will suck water, fan, mounting brackets printed with 3d printer.

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  • Digital Composting Bin

How to monitor Solar Energy

  • For two weeks in December 2015, the residents of the Chinese capital of Beijing, a single city home to more people than any US state except California or Texas, had a “Red Alert” for air pollution.

    Thick smog from factories and the more than 5 million cars in the region had made the air unsafe for people to be outside and the government was forced to close schools and limit travel to keep the 22 million residents from being exposed to dangerous amounts of toxins in the air they were breathing.

    Anyone who dared to venture outside wore protective masks over their faces in an attempt to limit the damage this severe pollution caused to their body. This is an extreme example of human dependence on fossil fuels, but it’s exactly the kind of situation that scientists around the world have been trying to prevent by researching the potential of clean sources of energy to replace the coal and oil fuels that cause the pollution found in Beijing and elsewhere.

    In this learning scenario you will learn how to install a mini solar panel, know how it works and control its power generation through sensors.

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How to monitor Wind Energy

  • In this challenge, we propose to watch the film "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind".

    In this film, William Kamkwamba, the protagonist, is a young schoolboy from a farming family in Malawi. William has a talent for fixing radios for his friends and neighbours, and spends his spare time searching the local junkyard for salvageable electronic components.

    In the mid-2000s, the family's crops fail due to drought and the resulting famine devastates William's village, sparking riots over government rationing.

    To save his village from the drought, William devises a plan to build a windmill to power the village's broken water pump. His small prototype works successfully, but to build a larger windmill, William needs his father, Trywell, to give him permission to dismantle the family bicycle for parts, which is the only bicycle in the village and the family's last major asset.

    With the help of his friends and the few remaining members of the village, they build a full-sized windmill that allows for successful planting.

    In this learning scenario, the students will analysis of some effects that affect energy production with wind generators.

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