Our class has had the opportunity to build playhouses in our MSEL engineering class. The playhouse project is unlike any other project that has been enacted before. The process of making the playhouses is similar to building that of a real house, however there is the lack of having to install plumbing, lighting, installation, etc.
Ink and pen have much less of a place in this classroom than in most others on Terra Linda High School’s campus, the name of the course spilling in sawdust over the transcripts of those lucky enough to be taking a class there. The first time I walked into the engineering woodshop, I was greeted by an strange, almost alien, setting.
I was fortunate enough to be in a group with with my teacher, Ms. Oropallo, and a very enthusiastic tour guide named Marilyn. We were first given background information about the architect and engineer, Renzo Piano. The experienced Italian architect was chosen to develop plans for the building to maximize efficiency and sustainability.
Many popular forms of environmental technology that you may encounter in your daily life are electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines, and sustainable buildings. Scientists are constantly doing research and working on creating “updates” to the technology to help it be more efficient, cheaper and better for the environment.
Wind power is mechanical or electrical power from turbines which extract energy from airflow. Wind power provides an alternative, sustainable source of energy to fossil fuels. Another advantage wind power has over fossil fuels is that it is plentiful, clean and renewable; it also has the ability to be widely distributed while producing little to no greenhouse emissions.