Saturday

3rd Grade Solar Science Project-Results,Testing Procedures,Videos

In my quest to make school fun we decided to test the power of the sun with some kool solar gadgets.  She said it was fun testing the different solar toys and the test results prove that the power of the sun is strongest...
This is her project for her class I did my best to remain impartial and only helped when necessary or for spelling assistance with the big words.

When I read: "This is your child’s education, not yours; let your child discover her own answers and keep your participation in her homework to a bare minimum".  I think I'm on the right track!


Solar Powered Toy Car Solar Car




Test Day 1: 9:20am
Weather Report


*
28°F
FEELS LIKE 20°
45°
HIGH
24°
LOW
Sunny
Most recent high temperature much below average.
Sunny
Clear
Wind:
S at 9 mph
Wind:WSW at 11 mph
Wind:N at 6 mph


Humidity:
43%
Humidity:
45%
Humidity:
66%
UV Index:
1 - Low
UV Index:
2 - Low
Today:
Sunny. High around 45F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight:
Mainly clear skies. Low 24F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Pressure:
30.27 in
Dew Point:
12°
Visibility:
10.0 mi




  • 1st test: 9:00 AM
    • car on roof, and it worked but not real good. we tried it again on a table and it worked better than first time 9:20AM.
    • 1st test too windy for windmill
  • 2nd test 11:00 AM
    • Car went faster
    • 2nd Test too windy for windmill
  • 3rd Test 1:00 PM
    • A little bit slower
      • we also learned that if we make a shadow the car will stop
    • 3rd Test Too windy for windmill
    • After doing the tests I think further testing should be done.  With a clock-stop watch.
  • 4th Test 4:00 PM
    • Move to Front Side of House in Light, Tested New Solar Wind Turbine.  Initial Test OK.


Test Day 2 10:00 AM


*
51°F
FEELS LIKE 51°
51°
HIGH
34°
LOW
Sunny
Wind:
S at 8 mph
Wind:
S at 11 mph
Wind:SSW at 8 mph

Humidity:
44%
Humidity:
55%
Humidity:
88%
UV Index:
2 - Low
UV Index:
2 - Low
Today:
Sunny. High 51F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight:
Partly cloudy. Low 34F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Pressure:
30.26 in
Dew Point:
29°
Visibility:
10.0 mi


    
  • Too Windy For Windmill
  • Car Test 10:00 am:
    • Test Track Length 4 feet long or 48 inches
      • 1st Run- 1.7 seconds
      • 2nd Run-2.0
      • 3rd Run-2.1
      • 4th Run-2.2
      • 5th Run-2.1
        • 10.1 Total
        • 2.02 seconds is average
          • Average is sum of runs divided by number of runs
        • we went 48 inches in 2.02=23.76 inches per second
    • Test Procedure:
      • we measure the length.
      • we put paper over the car so the sun couldn't get to the car.
      • Then we time the car to see how fast it goes .
      • then we write it on a piece of paper.
      • then we take  a video and put it on youtube
    • Car Test 1:00pm
      • 1st Run 1.7
      • 2nd Run 1.2
      • 3rd Run 1.2
      • 4th Run 1.5
      • 5th Run 1.7
        • Total= 9.2
        • Average=1.84
  1. we were faster second time then first time because there was more sun.
  2. we were talking about how the sun moves forward during the day  in the afternoon the sun it's brighter
  3. in the morning  it's not really bright in the afternoons it's brighter than the morning is and what made the car go faster
  4. when the suns closer it's more powerful- in afternoon than the morning.  I know that because we tested it and it went faster in the afternoon

1st Video 

2nd Video 

3rd Video


We have a few more tests to be done and will start building the Science Project Display Board.

I feel that by encouraging the next generation in the benefits of solar power is a win win for the planet.

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Tuesday

Pt3 Kid Sized Plumbing-Small Biz Energy Efficient Design Build Project

This final blog post of the Series-Small Business Energy Efficient Design Build Project.  I will be addressing the Must Have Request of the Client- Two Child Sized Plumbing Fixtures and extra counter area by sink located outside of bathroom.  If you haven't noticed a design theme yet while reading about this project.  Let me give you a HINT: KIDS!  This project is all about providing a: safe environment for Kids to grow and learn!

Starting with the Must Have:
  • Kids Sized Plumbing Fixture
    • Problem Solved by a call to my preferred plumber and plumbing outlet.  I honestly didn't know these existed at the time of the Clients Initial Interview, but with a call to my Master Plumber who pointed me towards models by Kohler and Pacific Standard.  
Kid Sized Plumbing Fixture
11/27/2013 Kid Sized Plumbing Fixture On Sale $50 Milford Supply
4219 S Kingshighway Blvd StLouis MO
www.milfordsupply.com 

  • Extra Counter Area
    • The upstairs area is host to many activities for the children-crafts and crafting and other educational activities that will require ease of access to a Sink.  To me it only made sense that the sink area also be child sized!  
    • Problem solved easily:  I will take the Standard Sink base and remove 12-14inches of the sides and back, then re-attach the system!  Saving Money by not having to order "Special" products!
  • Kids Sized Plumbing Fixture

Extra Counter Area



Part 3-

Part 2-
Pt2 Ensuring Success StLouis Small Biz Energy Efficiency Design Build Project  Part 2 of this blog series I will be addressing the Open Floor Plan concept requested by the client.



Part 1-

In part 1 of this Small Business Energy Efficient Design Build Project I highlighted the three main points that are planned to make this project a truly energy efficient design that will provide this small business owner the space to grow while being energy efficient and not sacrificing the comfort levels.

"Proper Design Build Energy Conservation Techniques used 
in this project will ensure that this business owner will keep the 
energy costs low and comfort levels high-Scotty,Scotts Contracting"

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Thursday

IPCC Sept 27 Climate Change Press Release

Added 11/21/2013 YouTube Video:

Climate Change 2013 Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis



View the press release on the latest IPCC Sept 27 Climate Change Press Release by viewing this pdf at http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/docs/ar5/press_release_ar5_wgi_en.pdf



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Wednesday

CAD Solar SketchUp Design Layout For Shading Issues

I use a CAD program for optimum Solar Panel Layout for the challenging buildings in the StLouis Region. This allows me to remove the Panels that are affected by Shading Issues. I then Place the CAD drawing onto a Google Earth Location and can provide a Clean Energy Output Report based on the location in relation to the Suns Position on the Location.

Step One Design the Building for Solar Array
Step One Design the Building for Solar Array

Install Solar Modules 'Notice Shading Area'
Install Solar Modules 'Notice Shading Area'

Remove Solar Panels Located in the Shaded Portions
Remove Solar Panels Located in the Shaded Portions

Insert SketchUp CAD Design into Google Earth for Clean Energy Production Report
Insert SketchUp CAD Design into Google Earth for
Clean Energy Production Report 





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Tuesday

They don't want people to be healthy-against the ACA

In a previous blog about My Take-ACA with Doc and Nurse comments I touched on a Doctors and Nurses comments about Obama Care.  Today I'm going to dig in and offer my opinion as to why I feel the Republicans and the Tea Party are so vehemently against the ACA.

For me the realization came when I realized the ACA encourages a Healthy Lifestyle -"the ACA encourages a Healthy Lifestyle and is part of the preventive actions quote"   


Wow thats great until you realize that 90% or more of what the Republican Party does is NOT Health Conscious.

Here is just three examples of why I feel the GOP is NOT in favor of a healthy population. 



  • The GOP would rather poison us with Dirty Air from burning Dirty Coal and creating CO2 emissions that cause Cancer, Asthma, Respiratory Issues, etc.  

Of course they don't want people to be healthy and are against the ACA.


  • The GOP would rather poison us from Dirty Water from Fracking the Earth.  

Of Course they don't want people to be healthy and are against the ACA.


  • The food we eat is now being modified with GMO products that we are finding are not a healthy choice.  

Of course they don't want people to be healthy and are against the ACA.





Politicians in Washington are so worried about their Political Futures, Elections, and Re-Elections they sell out to the highest bidder and vote according to the wishes of their Sponsors becoming the Puppet Men.

Its so obvious that the GOP are just puppets of (the real power in Washington) Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Business.  Of Course, they don't want to disrupt the unhealthy lifestyles that we humans currently live (which bankroll the Billions that Big Business makes off the backs of the People).


Why else would the likes of the Dirty Oil / Big Business Koch Bros care about if people were healthy or not?  When its against the Almighty Dollar that they earn and worship- anything good for you is Bad for them.

It all goes back to The Shutdown was All our Fault-Voters are Responsible.  We've elected these clowns into office and let them create the Big Business friendly culture in Washington that exempts big business from paying taxes, big business moving jobs overseas, big business changing the banking laws, big business causing the housing crash, big business influencing the Stock Market....the list goes on and on and it all points back to the influence of BIG BUSINESS in Washington.

To learn more about how Big Business Influences Elections and Dirty Money in Politics.  I look up the elected leaders and those who are campaigning to become our Elected Leaders with these websites:

Open Secrets
  • Our Mission: Inform, Empower & Advocate
    • The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

Dirty Energy Money


  • Challenging Dirty Energy's Dominance of our Democracy
    • Dirty Energy Money is an interactive tool that tracks the flow of oil, gas and coal industry contributions to the US Congress.  (Follow the $$$)


Follow the Money


  • Investigate Money in State Politics
    • Money in state politics plays a pivotal role in shaping public policy in individual states and across the nation.  We track political donations in all 50 states.  Take a Look



Simple Solution for a Complex Problem Research Your Elected Official-Scotty

Diapers and Politicians Should Be Changed Often Both for the Same Reason
Diapers and Politicians Should Be Changed Often
Both for the Same Reason


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Friday

CAD Heavy Duty Solar Racking Designs by Scotty


DIY Build Your Own Solar Ballasted Racking System using these CAD Plans by Scotty-Scotts Contracting, StLouis Renewable Energy.  In a recent Solar Project I had a few issues of finding a Heavy Duty Ballasted Racking Design for Skyscraper High Wind Zones.

This is a simple heavy duty plan that you can build yourself as its made out of standard metal sizes and adaptable to your specs.

Install Central Ballast Per Engineering Wind Force Guidelines.  85mph Minimum Design StLouis MO.
Heavy Duty Ballasted Racking Design for Skyscraper High Wind Zones
ISO View of Racking with CMU-Designed by Scotty
ISO View of Racking with CMU

Underside View-CAD by  Scotty Scotts Contracting
Underside View of Basic Racking Design

Solar Racking Design CAD Materials Designed by Scotty
Racking Design CAD Materials Designed by Scotty

CAD Note: Install Central Ballast Points per Engineering Wind Design
Side View Note: More Ballast Points Suggested per Engineering Report
Scotty Note: Note: Fillet Welds Suggested at all Connection Points
Note: Fillet Welds Suggested at all Connection Points

Additional Plans are available or place your orders using the Contact Form on the right.Scotty

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Missouri Energy Companies have a Monopoly and don't play fair

  • Four of the Highlights from the Article that are most important to me:
  1. FERAF believes that as long as Missouri has monopoly utilities, they need to go through the established PSC rate case process. 
  2. 6 years, electricity prices have increased between 43-77%,
  3. Most of this money is going to shareholders and executives of energy companies instead of trickling down to workers and those in the building trades, as promised.
  4. The utility monopolies in Missouri will surely push for more rate increases, so be sure to keep up to date on the latest issues in the state. Stay in touch with FERAF 

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As you may know, FERAF is the most diverse utility consumer group in the country. We support low-cost, reliable energy as recent rate hikes have take their toll on businesses and families.


FERAF believes that as long as Missouri has monopoly utilities, they need to go through the established PSC rate case process. The entire agenda of the utilities can be done right now at the PSC. However, the PSC regularly rejects these proposals because they place an undue burden on ratepayers. As a result, the utilities are always running to the legislature to ask for new anti-consumer legislation.


Electricity prices are skyrocketing in Missouri. Over the last 6 years, electricity prices have increased between 43-77%, while household income in Missouri has only gone up 2.7%. Most of this money is going to shareholders and executives of energy companies instead of trickling down to workers and those in the building trades, as promised.


The utility monopolies in Missouri will surely push for more rate increases, so be sure to keep up to date on the latest issues in the state. Stay in touch with FERAF onFacebook and Twitter.
Sincerely,
The FERAF Team
Fair Energy Rate Action Fund  PO Box 1153  Jefferson City, MO 65102
Paid for by the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund.
www.fairenergyrates.org


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