ESW in UH System News

“Solar Cart project powers up renewable energy education”

View the story: http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2015/07/10/solar-cart-project-powers-up-renewable-energy-education/

“Projects like the Kapiʻolani CC Solar Cart are a vital part of the university’s larger strategy to improve sustainability and sustainability education because they offer us the ability to enhance students’ learning experience through solving real-world challenges that directly impact our campuses,” said UH System Sustainability Coordinator Matthew Lynch. “These small-scale pilot projects also allow us to test innovative technologies and ideas to develop viable solutions that can be deployed at larger scales.”


E HOʻOMAIKAʻI ANA ia ʻoukou!
CONGRATULATIONS YOU GUYS!

This is the step that everyone needs to be taking in the world.

If Every home had something like this, they would be able to survive without generators and other costly things that most of the Kanaka cannot afford in the first place.

I hope that you can make a copywrite or something and sell the plans because I have 38 in my household and have lived through 2 hurricanes struggling with my 7 children now with 18 grandchildren too.

We would surely be able to build one with the diverse talents in our ʻohana because everyone is a “jack of all trades” and a master of none.

I am the first one able to go to college at 50. My two daughter in laws have liberal arts degrees and other than that, we all just have work experience in the real world.

But this project that you folks have created would be just as important as our hulihuli machine, our poi grinder, our pakini, and our toolshed.

Because this would help our ʻohana connect with the modern amenities that we need when there is no other source available.

Hūlō Hūlo Hūlō!

Iesū pū, aloha.

Tūtū Māmā Uʻilani Kūhaulua


 

http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2015/07/10/solar-cart-project-powers-up-renewable-energy-education/

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Mobile Solar Power Station Project!

Check out our first project that made the UH news! Full description: ESW Solar Cart

Community Sponsors:

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Humble Beginnings:

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The team: The Design Team for our Solar Cart knows how to rally at 4am. You couldn’t find a better group of engineering students! These guys killed it!!

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The Final Product! Presented on Earth Day on campus at Kapiolani Community College.

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Special mahalos to everyone that participated in building and presenting Thank you to the cart! Also our sponsors at Solar Cool Hawaii , Re-use Hawaii, Universal Manufacturers, and All-build Construction.

Exploring My Backyard, summer science event

Exploring My Backyard and Beyond 2-Weeks Summer Program for Rising 7th Graders to Discover the Fun and Build Skills and Career Interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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The EXPLORING MY BACKYARD AND BEYOND SUMMER PROGRAM is designed to strengthen middle-school students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics utilizing placebased education and Pacific ways of learning at cultural and academic sites. Participating students are primarily Pacific Islanders from Pālolo Housing and all are students at Jarrett Middle School. The program has room for up to fifteen rising 7th graders. Up to five older middle- and high-school students and former program participants are invited to participate as mentors and youth leaders. Sponsors: UHM College of Social Sciences Program for Civic Engagement and the Kapiʻolani Community College Service Learning Office, student clubs ESW and PAPA, and many others.

 

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Hosted at William P Jarret Middle School

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Working with Solar Cool Hawaii

http://www.www.solarcoolhi.com/

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The Hawaii chapter of ESW is privileged to announce the beginning of a dynamic and progressive relationship with Solar Cool Hawaii.

 Solar Cool Hawaii company president, Myron Thompson, leads a skilled and environmentally sound team with a company focus on sustainability in Hawaii. Myron’s company is rooted in family values and commitment to the ‘āina, a true leader in sustainability for Hawaii. Myron’s company mission directly reflects ESW-KCC’s values, ethics, importance in education, STEM outreach, community implementation and passion for engineering, making this collaboration a perfect match.
Myron’s brother, Nainoa, is a Native Hawaiian navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Nainoa has inspired and led a revival of traditional voyaging arts in Hawai’i and Polynesia-arts which has demanded the attention of the United Nations and the world. These voyages have inspired the United Nations to focus on sustainability and bring change to the forefront of world discussion.
Myron and Nainoa continue to inspire the world to a sustainable future daily through action in Hawaii and the global community, something ESW Hawaii believes in and strives for.
We will be working directly with Steve Carlson, head system designer. Steve reflects the company mission with passion and through his skills. Steve holds a degree in Computer Science and 20 years of industry experience in Hawaii.
We could not be more pleased to partner with a local company that truly represents the future of a sustainability driven engineering and business relationship. We invite you to check the links below for further information on  Solar Cool Hawaii and Hawaiian Voyaging Traditions with Nainoa Thompson.

Thanks for the Spotlight from KCC’s OFIE

Check out our spotlight article from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at KCC:

Spotlight on STEM “Building a Better World: National Engineering Organization launches Local Chapter”

By Micael Rodriguez and Jason Salseg (edited by Kendall Kido)

To many, learning to live in harmony with nature while enjoying modern innovation and technology sounds like either a pipe dream or a distant, futuristic reality.  There are some who believe this to be impossible altogether.  One new club on campus seeks to make this dream a reality.  Now.  Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW); a national organization of students, university faculty and working professionals; welcomes its newest chapter on the campus of Kapi’olani Community College.  Kapi’olani ESW joins over 50 other chapters in universities across North America.

The local Hawaii chapter, which plans to coordinate with other higher education institutions in the state, was spearheaded by student Jason Salseg with the help of Kapi’olani CC faculty members Dr. Harry Davis and Dr. Aaron Hanai.  Jason says the goal of Kapi’olani ESW is to, “engage future engineers who are still at the college and middle school and even elementary school level with hands on activities that benefit the community and have a focus on sustainability driven projects.  Starting their focus now will have a tremendous impact later in the field of engineering.”

The club had its first meeting in April and hit the ground running. Within three weeks, they designed and built their first project: a functional solar powered cart delivering a hearty 500 watts per hour.  Local companies, Solar Cool, All-Build Construction, Universal Manufactures & Re-Use Hawaii donated materials, and club members Yu Gong, Geena Wann, Will Kaeo, Bryson Racoma, Jackson Poscablo, Joe Valle, Michael Rodriguez and Jason Salseg designed and constructed the functional cart which debuted for the Earth Day event April 20th.  Club member Geena Wann said, “we are still small, we are still new, so we are by taking on these smaller projects we can work towards a bigger goal.  Hopefully in the future, we can get us to the point where we can be completely sustainable.”

Kapi’olani CC ESW is looking forward to the future.  They plan to tackle other renewable energy projects like biodiesel, hydroponics and hydrogen cell technologies.  With such lofty goals, it helps that members hail from so many different engineering majors.  Currently, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are represented, however all disciplines are encouraged to participate and help create a sustainable present, and a sustainable future.

“You have these big topics of concern that can only be addressed by engineers.  When you see (young) students interested in taking on these incredibly large and complex issues, you know that these things can get solved.  These are the student engineers who are going to fix those problems.”

-Jason Salseg

Thank you OFIE: http://ofie.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/

Join Us!

ESW’s KCC chapter is still a new and growing club. Whether you want to become a member or just attend an event, we are always looking for helping hands or an excited volunteer. Who can participate in events or projects? ANYONE!

  • students and faculty of ALL disciplines
  • family members and friends of ALL ages
  • businesses and organizations of ALL backgrounds
  • anyone who could contribute physically, mentally, or financially is always welcome
  • “Engineers” existed long before the title so we are in no way secluded to only members of the engineering community

How to participate: 

How you can help: 

  • participate in an event
  • spread the word and share us on social media or with friends
  • donate: money, time, tools, equipment, transportation, etc.

Why students should join: 

  • to gain work and volunteer experience
  • to learn how engineering and other physical science concepts can be applied to solve problems
  • to build friendships and connections with other peers
  • to make professional connections in the engineering workforce

Why you should help:

  • to spread the education of sustainable living
  • to build a community between students, businesses, and residents of the island
  • to give students an opportunity to practice their field of education and apply it to real world situations

Fill out a Member Application here! http://goo.gl/forms/O8TVUB2dGk