Last Wednesday we held our Mid-Grant Technical review for our project. The purpose of this event is to show the community our project and collect feedback. We presented our progress and our plans for the future to our guests first, then we took them outside to demonstrate our prototype system. We owe a big thank you to our Culinary Arts class for the wonderful hor d'oeuvres they prepared for our guests. Our team yesterday traveled down to Annapolis to be recognized by the Maryland State Senate on the Floor of the Senate Chamber. We met and talked with Senator Young and toured the building and his office. Below are some pictures from both the MGTR and the State Senate.
This past Sunday we had a meeting to test our condenser. It went very well and there is a lot of work to be done in order to get the system up and running. We are currently preparing to meet with the Lemelson-MIT foundation for our Mid-grant technical review. Our team has to present our progress so far on the project. Remember, Aqua fest is on February 24th and tickets are available online for $10 and $15 at the door.
This past Sunday we held a meeting to test our boiler that was recently finished by the Welding class here at CTC. We tested the boiler by seeing how long it would take to boil off one gallon of water. We also took more information down about fuel consumption by measuring how much fuel was used while boiling the water. We received lots of information about our boiler and rocket stove design. We are also preparing for our first big fundraiser: a music festival! Online ticket sales will be available soon, but for now contact us through our website or email us at: Lemelsonmitcad@gmail.com.
This past Sunday we held a meeting to test our rocket stove and get some other minor tasks done. The testing went very well and we received some significant data. Throughout the test we monitored the fuel consumption and the temperature over time. We also cleaned our barrel for the condenser in our system. After testing we sat down and discussed our data and what needs to be changed for future designs.
We had an important team meeting this past Sunday. The weather prevented us from testing our rocket stove because it was too windy. We went on to revise our project schedule and discuss fundraising options. We also met with two representatives from Stulz to talk about our rocket stove design.
We just received the first rocket stove prototype thanks to our welding class. Rocket stove testing will start next week. Our boiler prototype is now in the process of being built and will be finished in a couple weeks. This week we were also interviewed by WJLA channel 7 news. Below is a picture of our rocket stove prototype.
Yesterday our team met with the Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and FCPS Superintendent Dr. Alban . We presented our invention on television and you can check it out down below on YouTube. Extra thanks to our Speakers Dr. Alban, Jan Gardner, Brad Young, and Michael Concepcion
So far we have completed the research and design phase of our project. Our team is now underway with the fabrication development of our invention. The first part of our fabrication plan is to build the rocket stove. In collaboration with the Welding class at the Frederick County Career and Technology Center (CTC), we have submitted our design to be built. Proceeding the rocket stove completion, we will begin testing.