SciTech Now Episode 12

Episode twelve of SciTech Now brings you the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. We give you an inside look at Google Lunar XPrize race to space and take a behind the scenes tour of one of the world’s largest herbariums.

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> COMING UP, THE WORLDWIDE SPACE RACE

WE'LL BE ABLE TO WATCH A LIVE STREAM FROM THE MOON OF WHIC EVER TEAM GETS UP THERE FIRST.

THE SECRET WORLD OF PLANTS.

WE HAVE ABOUT 7.3 MILLION SPECIMENS.

AND IT'S OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND INTO THE WATER TO LEAR SCIENCE FIRST HAND

FOR US, THE RESERVOIR IS KIND OF LIKE AN IDEA CENTER

IT'S ALL AHEAD.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS STATION.

HELLO, I'M HARI SREENIVASAN WELCOME TO 'SCITECH NOW,' OU WEEKLY PROGRAM BRINGING YOU TH LATEST BREAK THROUGHS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AN INNOVATION LET'S GET STARTED.

DESPITE TRAGEDIES AND SET BACKS IN SPACE TRAVEL, EXPLORATION CONTINUES.

THE GOOGLE LUNAR EXPRIZE I BEING CALLED THE NEXT GREA RACE 18 TEAMS ARE COMPETING TO GET TO THE MOON AND WIN A $30 MILLION PRIZE.

REPORTER TIM STEPHENS LOOKS AT SOME OF THE TEAMS.

IN 1990, NEW YORK HOTEL MAGNATE LAUNCHED A PRIZE FOR THE FIRST PERSON WHO COULD FLY FRO NEW YORK TO PARIS NONSTOP.

IT TOOK EIGHT YEARS FOR A MAN TO WIN THAT PRIZE CHARLES LINDBERGH AND THAT KICKED OFF THE TRANS-ATLANTI SYSTEM AND THEN TEN YEARS LATER THE EXPRIZE WAS WON BY A COMPANY THAT KICKS OFF THE VER LUCRATIVE SPACE TOURISM MARKET THE LATEST PRIZE IS THE GOOGLE LUNAR EXPRIZE, $30 MILLION WORTH OF PRIZES TO THE TEAM THAT CAN GET US ALL THE WAY TO THE MOON

IT'S LIKE A GAME OF CARDS

WE ARE GOING TO THE MOON.

WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE O WINNING IT

WE'RE DOWN TO 18 TEAMS NO ALL GATHER HEARD IN BUDAPEST FOR THE ANNUAL TEAM SUMMIT THE TEAMS ARE HELPING EACH OTHER OUT, BUT DON'T FORGET THEY'R COMPETING.

ONLY THE FIRST ONE TO GET TO THE MOON AND DRIVES 500 METERS AND SENDS BACK LIVE VIDEO THAT'S ELIGIBLE FOR THE $30 MILLION I PRIZES

OVER THE NEXT YEAR, YOU'R GOING TO SEE A LOT OF ACTIVITY FROM OUR TEAM.

WE'LL BE WORKING EVERY DAY UNTIL WE LAUNCH.

THERE'S $6 MILLION UP FOR GRABS OVER THE COURSE OF SUMMER.

THESE ARE CALLED MILESTONE PRIZES AND FIVE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRIZES

TEAMS THAT ARE PART OF TH EXPRIZE ALREADY FELT WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS IMPORTANT BUT THE FACT THAT TEAMS CAN EARN MONEY WHILE DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO ANYWAY TO GET TO THE MOO IS SUBSTANTIAL

OVER THIS SUMMER WE'L VISITING ALL FIVE OF THE MILESTONE TEAMS IN THE U.S., GERMANY, JAPAN, EVEN IN INDIA TO SEE THEIR TESTS, SEE ROVER DRIVING AROUND AND ROCKETS FIRING OFF IT WILL BE AWESOME STUFF YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS IT

I BELIEVE IN GOOGLE AND IT' PRETTY AWESOME YOU GET TO LEARN SO MUCH MOR THINGS THAT YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH

WE ARE PARTICIPATING IN SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL AND VERY, VERY GREAT

TEAM STEPHENS EDITOR AT LARGE HAS BEEN COVERING THIS AND REPORTING ON THE LATES DEVELOPMENTS FROM TH INTERNATIONAL TEAM SO WHAT IS THE PRIZE, WHAT D THEY HAVE TO DO TO WIN $30 MILLION?

IT'S A TOTAL PURSE OF $30 MILLION AND THAT GOES TO THE TEAM THAT GETS A ROVER OR SOME SORT OF CRAFT TO THE MOON AN COVERS 500 METERS OVER THE SURFACE, ROVING, FLYING.

OR FLYING UNDERNEATH THE SURFACE AND EXPLORING SOME CAVES THERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL PRIZES THAT WILL GIVE YOU EXTRA MONEY IF YOU VISIT THE HISTORIC SITE ON THE MOON, LIKE THE APOLLO LANDING PERHAPS.

THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING THEY NEED TO BE STREAMING HIGH-DEFINITION VIDEO BACK T EARTH.

WE'LL WATCH A LIVE STREAM FROM THE MOON FROM WHICH EVER TEA GETS UP THERE FIRST.

WHEN DO THEY HAVE TO THER BY

BY THE END OF 2015.

THEY'RE GOING THROUGH TH MILESTONE TESTING PHASE RIGH NOW, AND THEY'RE PROVING TO TH GOOGLE LUNAR JUDGES THAT THE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND TH EQUIPMENT TO ACTUALLY PULL THI OFF.

OKAY, THERE WAS THE XPRIZ BEFORE WE HEARD ABOUT THAT WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

SO XPRIZE IS A FOUNDATION THAT SPONSORS COPETITIONS TO LOOK AT THE FIRST THINGS THAT WE ARE FACING THERE ARE QUITE A FEW OTHE XPRIZES AS WELL, LOOKING A THINGS LIKE OCEAN POLLUTION, EDUCATION.

ALSO A TRIQUARTER XPRIZE WHICH IS TRYING TO RECREATE THE 'STA TREK' QUARTER.

SO HOW MANY TEAMS ARE COMPETING HERE FOR THIS XPRIZE TO GET ON THE MOON THEY HAVE TO BE TASKED AND ACCOMPLISHED ONCE THEY GET THERE?

RIGHT, THERE ARE FIVE TEAMS CALLED MILESTONE TEAMS WHO HAV BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE FINAL PHASE OF TESTING WHERE THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING AT TH ROVERS LOOKING AT THE LAUNCHES.

LOOKING AT THE LANDING SYSTEMS BASICALLY MAKING SURE THEY HAV EVERYTHING THAT IT WILL TAKE T GET TO THE MOON.

YOU HAVE SEEN A LOT OF TH TEAMS.

YOU HAVE BEEN COVERING THIS.

WHAT EXCITES YOU

IT'S EXCITING TO SEE TH DIFFERENT MAKEUP OF THE TEAM BECAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE VER WELL FUNDED AND THEY HAV MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PRIVATE ENTITIES COMING FROM SOME ARE RAG TAG GROUPS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE PULLING TOGETHER I WAS DOWN IN PITTSBURGH NOT TOO LONG AGO, AND THEY'RE BASED AT CARNEGIE UNIVERSITY, SO A LOT OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE LEARNING HOW TO GO TO THE MOON AND CAN YOU IMAGINE A MORE EXCITING CLASS AT SCHOOL THA PUTTING A ROVER ON THE MOON?

RIGHT YOU SAID THEY WANTED TO GO DOW TO MINE THE MOON, WHAT ARE THE GOING TO DO?

PART OF THE LONG TERM GOAL OF THIS IS TO BASICALLY SET UP SOME SORT OF COMMERCIAL ENTERPRIS FOR THE MOON THERE ARE VALUABLE MINERALS UP ON THE MOON THAT WE CAN'T GE HERE ON THE EARTH.

THERE'S THE BELIEF THAT THERE' A LOT OF STUFF ON THE DARK SID OF THE MOON THAT WE CAN BRIN BACK TO THE EARTH WHICH WOULD BE PROFITABLE DOWN THE ROAD RIGHT NOW THE GOAL IS TO KIND OF JUST MAKE A FOOTPRINT ON THE MOON, TO SHOW IT CAN BE DONE B A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

THERE WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT B NASA ABOUT SPACE TAXIS WHAT ARE WE SEEING ON SPAC EXPLORATION?

I KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS SHRUNK WHAT NASA IS SUPPOSED T DO AND THEN YOU HAVE THE BOOMING PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE PRIZE AND CHALLENGES OF PEOPLE TRYIN SOMETHING.

YEAH, IT'S SAD TO SEE THE CUTTING OF FUNDING TO NASA, SOME OF THE RESEARCH THAT HAS BEE GOING ON THERE BUT ULTIMATELY THAT'S CREATING THIS BOOMING SPACE INDUSTRY, LIKE WORKING ON REUSEABLE SPAC CAPSULES TO FERRY PEOPLE UP TO THE SPACE STATIONS IN TH FUTURE AND THEN COMING BACK TO EART AND BE REUSABLE AGAIN WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME ULTIMATELY, REUSE IS SOMETHING THAT SPACE X IS FOCUSED ON TO BE REUSING THINGS UNLIKE NASA WHICH IS BUILDING A BIG ROCKET AND USING IT ONLY ONCE

THIS IS A COMPRESSED TIME LINE OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE BENEFITING FROM ALL OF THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH AND THINGS THAT NAS HAS DONE TO GET SOMETHING TO THE MOON I LESS THAN A YEAR AND A HALF OR TWO YEARS IS PRETTY ASTOUNDING

RIGHT AND NOW GIVEN THE RESOURCE THA THEY'RE WORKING ON, A SMAL FRACTION OF WHAT NASA HAD AT ITS DISPOSABLE AT THEIR DISPOSABLE IN THE '60s WHEN THEY WENT T THE MOON IT'S GREAT WORK BETWEEN TH TEAMS.

THIS IS A RACE, ULTIMATELY THE FIRST TEAM TO GET THERE AND TH FIRST TEAM TO CROSS 500 METERS WINS THAT PRIZE.

BUT YET, YOU SEE THEM SHARIN WITH EVERYBODY A OTHER AND EVE SHARING LAUNCH VEHICLES.

THERE'S A BELIEF THAT MULTIPLE TEAMS WILL GET TOGETHER AND GE IN THE SAME LUNAR LANDER AND THEN THE RACE IS ON.

THANK YOU

> IN THIS NEXT SEGMENT WE TAKE YOU INSIDE ONE OF THE LARGES ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS OF DRIE PLANTS IN THE WORLD.

FROM THE NEW YORK BOTANICA GARDEN, WE GO BEHIND THE SCENE OF THE UNIQUE COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 7 MILLION DRIED PLANT SPECIMENS.

BARIUM IS A COLLECTION OF DRIED PLANTS FOR SCIENTIFI STUDY SO PLANTS HAVE BEE COLLECTED FOR MANY, MANY YEARS GOING BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGE STARTING OUT THEY WERE COLLECTED MOSTLY FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES.

WE HAVE ABOUT 7.3 MILLION SPECIMENS WHICH MAKES US THE FOURTH LARGEST PREBARIUM ALONG THE TOP FOUR IN THE WORLD.

SO NOW WE'RE COMING INTO OUR COLD STORM ROOM.

THIS IS THE -- THIS IS KEPT AT ABOUT 54 DEGREES AND IT'S THE HOLDING SPACE WHEN THE PLANT SPECIMENS FIRST ARRIVE AT THE GARDEN THEY COME IN HERE.

RIGHT FROM THE FIELD ON THIS SIDE OF THE ROOM, ALL OF THE SPECIMENS ARE FIEL COLLECTIONS AND THOSE AR WAITING TO BE IDENTIFIED SOMETIMES IT TAKES A FEW MONTH FOR SPECIMENS TO BE IDENTIFIED SOMETIMES 50 YEARS DEPENDS ON WHETHER OR NOT THAT PLANT GROUP HAS A SPECIALIST ON THIS SIDE, ALL OF THESE PLANTS ARE ALREADY IDENTIFIE AND THEY'RE JUST WAITING THEIR TURN TO GO UP TO THE MOUNTIN ROOM WHERE THEY'LL BE GLUED TO PAPER AND THEN EVENTUALLY FILE IN THE HERBARIUM EACH YEAR, FROM ALL OF THE MAN FIELD EXPEDITIONS THEY EVENTUALLY END HERE.

THEY ARE TURNED FROM FIELD SPECIMENS INTO PERMANENT ARCHIVES THAT ARE MEANT TO B KEPT INDEFINITELY.

WHAT MAKES IT A GOOD SPECIMEN IS IF IT SHOWS ALL THE FEATURES THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN THE MOUNTING ROOM THE -- WE HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE HIGHLY SKILLED IN TAKING THES SPECIMENS FROM THEIR NEWSPAPER GLUING THEM ON TO A PIECE OF PAPER.

SO WE USE THE BASIC ELMER'S TYPE OF GLUE.

SOMETIMES THE WOODY PLANTS AREN'T COMPLETELY FLAT SO THEY CAN USE THE GLUE O STITCH DOWN THE PLANT.

SOMETIMES THE PLANT HAS BITS THAT COME OFF AND THEY ALSO TR TO MAKE IT LOOK ATTRACTIVE A WELL SO NOW WE'RE COMING INTO THE HERBARIUM.

THIS IS A TYPICAL FLOOR.

IT CONTAINS ABOUT 2,00 CABINETS THEY'RE ARRANGED ON THE MOVABL AISLES THE STEEL CABINETS THAT WE HAV HERE ARE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FO THIS PURPOSE THIS IS CALLED THE NEW YOR BOTANICAL STYLE CABINET.

IT HAS 52 SHELVES.

THE PLANT SPECIMENS ARE PUT IN CARDBOARD FOLDERS.

THEY ARE ARRANGED BY PLANT RELATIONSHIP BY THEIR FAMILY.

EVERY PLANT BELONGS TO A FAMIL AND THEY THEN ARE ALSO ARRANGE IN THESE OUTER FOLDERS WHICH ARE COLOR CODED.

HERE'S A SPECIMEN THAT WAS COLLECTED FAIRLY RECENTLY.

ACTUALLY 2001 FROM THE INTER MOUNTAIN WEST WHERE WE'R FOCUSING ON FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS.

HERE'S A SPECIMEN COLLECTED BY CHARLES DARWIN WE DON'T THINK OF DARWIN MUCH OF A BOTANICAL COLLECTOR AND IN THIS CASE THE SPECIMEN I ACTUALLY NOT EVEN A FLOWERIN PLANT, IT'S A TINY MOSS THAT H COLLECTED ON THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE WE HAVE SPECIMENS LIKE DARWI THAT ARE VERY OLD.

HERE'S ONE THAT'S EVEN OLDER FROM THE CAPTAIN COOK VOYAGE WHICH WENT AROUND THE CAPE O GOOD HOPE AND CAPE HORN IN THE 1700s.

THIS IS A SPECIMEN COLLECTED AND IN THE MID '90s WE HAV CREATING A VIRTUAL HERBARIUM AND MAKING THEM AVAILABLE ONLINE ANYONE CAN CONSULT BY JUST COMING TO OUR VIRTUAL WEBSIT AND SEARCHING FOR IT WE WOULD JUST CAPTURE AN IMAGE USING A HIGH QUALITY IMAGE THEN WE PUT THEM ONLINE.

INSTEAD OF WONDERING WHA SPECIMENS YOU HAVE OR THIS PLANT OR THAT PLANT, THEY CAN GO ONLINE AND LOOK AND FIND OUT ONE OF THE THINGS I REALLY ENJOY IS TAKING A WALK THROUGH THE HERBARUIM EVERY DAY.

I LIKE TO WALK AROUND AND SE SCIENCE IN ACTION.

> LAST I WAS USING THE INTERNET TO BUY THINGS ONLINE.

HOW DO THEY GET TO US?

THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY IS ACTUALLY RIPE FOR DISRUPTION WE ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE TODA WHO'S THE FOUNDER OF SHIP.

HE IS TRYING -- HIS COMPANY IS TRYING TO DISRUPT THE SHIP INDUSTRY HOW DO YOU CHANGE SHIPPING IT'S SOMETHING WE'RE RELATIVEL FAMILIAR WHETHER IT GETS TO US ON A BROWN TRUCK OR HOWEVER WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENT

WE LOOKED AT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS, AND IT'S YOU HAVE SOMETHIN THAT YOU WANT TO GET SOMEWHERE ELSE THAT'S ALL THE INFORMATION THA YOU SHOULD NEED TO SHI SOMETHING.

SO WHEN WE LOOK TO DEVELOP THE FIRST PRODUCT WHICH IS AN iPHONE APP, THAT'S LITERALLY ALL YO DO TAKE A PICTURE OF WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SHIP, TELL US WHERE IT'S GOING AND WE'LL SHOW UP IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND HANDLE EVERYTHING FOR YOU.

FROM THE PACKAGING TO SELECTIN THE CHEAPEST LEVEL, THE CARRIER, ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE TRACKING UNTIL IT ARRIVES AND DESTINATION.

ANY SIZE OR SHAPE ITEM?

ANYTHING THAT CAN FIT IN TH BACK SEAT OF THE CAR IS WHAT WE'RE HANDLING RIGHT NOW

WHEN OWE SAW SAY ANYTHING THAT CAN FIT IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR, THAT'S A HEAV SET OF BOOKS, HOW MUCH WILL PAY FOR THAT

WE LOOK AT ALL THE MAJO CARRIERS AND WE'LL SEND IT THROUGH THE LOWEST COST SOLUTION FOR YOU.

THE SERVICE THAT WE OFFER AS WELL AS THE PACKAGING IS CHOOSING THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU.

SO WE HAVE A GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL BE THE LOWEST RETAIL PRIC FOR IT

SO YOU'RE ESSENTIALLY TAKIN OUT OR REPLACING THE LAST MILE OR THE FIRST MILE.

YOU ARE NOT BUYING PLANES AN TRUCKS AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU'RE LETTING THE EXPERTS D THAT BUT YOU'RE GETTING IT FROM WHERE I AM AND WHERE THE OBJECT IS INTO THAT STREAM

YEAH.

WE REALLY SEE OUR BUSINESS A BEING ASSET LIGHT.

WE ARE SOLVING THE BIGGEST POINT, WHICH IS THE FIRST MILE IT IS GETTING THOSE UNPACKAGED ITEMS INTO THE REST OF THE SHIPPING NETWORK WHICH WORKS AMAZINGLY WELL BUT KIND OF THE FIRST MILE I REALLY SOMETHING THAT COUL STILL BE IMPROVED.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE AIMING T TACKLE

WHO ARE YOUR COMPETITORS?

COMPETITOR PROBABLY WOULD B YOUR PACK AND SHIP STORES THAT ARE AROUND YOUR LOCATION WE DON'T CHARGE FOR PACKAGING.

WE CHARGE A $5 PICKUP FREE PLU THE RETAIL COST OF THE CHEAPES SHIPPING OPTION.

WE ARE NOT LOOKING TO SOLVE TH INNER CITY MOVING OF GOODS WE'RE SOLVING THE PINPOINT O THE FIRST MILE OF A MULTIMIL JOURNEY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

AND ACTUALLY THE MAJORITY OF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE E COMMERCE RETAILERS.

IF YOU'RE ONLY CHARGING THE CONSUMER 5 BUCKS AND NOT CHARGING FOR ANY PACKAGING AND YOU'RE LETTING THE PRICE OF USPS OR FEDEX OR U.P.S. BE THE BULK OF IT, HOW DOES SHIP MAKE MONEY?

HOW WE MAKE MONEY IS REALLY ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RETAIL THAT WE CHARGE OUR CUSTOMERS T WHAT WE GET THE SHIPPING RAT FOR.

U.P.S. TRUCK IF THEY WERE TO G AND MAKE 1,000 PICKUPS WITHIN MAJOR CITY IT'S VERY EXPENSE ZI.

BUT WHEN THEY USE A SERVICE LIKE US, WE'LL PACKAGE EVERYTHING AND EVEN GIVE IT TO THEM ON PALLET THEY HAVE ONE STOP AND I ACTUALLY SAVES THEM A LOT OF MONEY.

WHICH THEN IN TURN GIVES REALL HIGH DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATES THAT'S HOW WE MAKE OUR MONEY O THAT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THOS PRICES THEN WE OFFER AN AMAZING SERVICE FOR ACTUALLY CHEAPER PRICE THA YOU DOING IT YOURSELF.

LET'S SAY I'M GOING THE SEN AN ODD SHAPED ITEM, WHETHER SET OF SKIES OR AN ART OBJEC THAT'S A WEIRD SCULPTURE HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PROTECT M BELONGINGS

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE INVESTED IN.

THE TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE CUSTO BOXES.

WE HAVE ALL KIND OF RECEIVED A PACKAGE FROM AMAZON, A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE IN A LARGE, OVERSIZED BOX, BUT WE'LL CREATE CUSTOM BOXES FOR EVERY SINGLE OBJECT.

IT'S WITHIN 0.1 OF AN INCH THREE DIMENSIONS AND IT SPIT OUT A PERFECTLY SIZED BOX.

FOR ONE, IT'S BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

YOU CAN PACK A TRACK WITH MORE ITEMS WHICH IS REALLY GREAT.

BUT FOR THE CONSUMER AND THE BUSINESSES THAT WE OFFER THE SERVICE TO IT'S A REDUCTION IN SHIPPING

OKAY.

KEVIN FROM SHIP, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

THANKS A LOT.

> AS EDUCATION TAKES HOL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ONE PROGRAM IS GIVING STUDENTS A HANDS O OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND IMPACT THEIR COMMUNITY IN A POSITIVE WAY.

THIS WAS FEATURED ON AMERICA GRADUATE DAY ON PBS FOR ITS WORK TO KEEP KIDS ENGAGED IN SCHOOL HERE'S A LOOK AT PROJECT RESERVOIR.

FOR ME SCIENCE IS SOMETHING ABOUT DISCOVERY.

AND I SPENT MANY OF MY YOUNGER YEARS BEFORE I STARTED TEACHIN KIND OF EXPLORING.

I LIVED RIGHT BY HERE AND MY FIRST RELATIONSHIP WITH TH RESERVOIR WAS THE NO TRESPASSING SIGN SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE N TRESPASSING SIGN WHEN THAT'S A PLACE FOR KIDS TO GO TO, AND W CAME ONE THE IDEA TO START DOING SCIENCE HERE IT WAS SAVED BY THE JERSEY CIT RESERVOIR WHO WE HAVE PARTNERE WITH AND WE HELP THEM WITH EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION.

FOR US, THE RESERVOIR IS KIND OF LIKE AN IDEA CENTER.

WHEN IT COMES IN LIKE THAT --

RESERVOIR IS BASED IN THE CLASSROOM AND HERE AT RESERVOI NUMBER 3 WE ARE ABLE TO ESTABLISH TWO DIFFERENT ROOMS.

THERE THE KIDS DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGIES FIND SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS THA THEY BASICALLY IDENTIFY HERE

THIS WILL HAVE THE HOSE -

ROBERT O'DONNELL IS A GREAT MOTIVATOR.

MY SKILL SET, IN THE CENTER.

WE HAVE RUNNING AT TH RESERVOIR NOW --

IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A TEA ATMOSPHERE NOT ONLY FOR TH STUDENTS, BUT ALSO WITH TH TEACHERS ONE OF OUR EMPHASIS WITH PROJECT RESERVOIR IS CREATING TEAMS.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE FOU DIFFERENT TEAMS IN THIS YEAR'S EIGHTH GRADE COMPETITION DEVELOPING THEIR PROJECTS FO NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.

SOME OF THE TEAMS ARE WORKING ON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE.

SOME YOU SEE BEHIND ME AND PAS ONES WERE BUILT.

AND ONE IS NOW BEING MODIFIE INTO THE FLOATING CONTAINMEN SYSTEM WHERE WE BREED TH TILAPIA WITHIN THE LAB AND W CHECK OUT THE FEEDING TRIALS FOR PLACEMENT HERE, PER STAT APPROVAL

ONE OF THE GROUP OF GIRLS DECIDED THEY WANTED TO WORK IN CO COMPOSTING

SO THEY'RE USING COMPOST AS BAIT IT'S RELEASING CO 2 AND HEAT T ATTRACT THE MOSQUITOES

IT MAKES THE HEAT, FOR TH MOSQUITOES TO ATTRACT.

BASICALLY, WE MAKE FILTER FOR LIKE PEOPLE IN NEED OF WATER.

SO WE TRY TO CLEAN DIRTY WATER THROUGH THE FILTERS THAT W CREATED OURSELVES.

TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN CHANGIN AND WE KIND OF ADAPT WITH IT FROM YEAR TO YEAR.

WE'RE DOING WEBSITES THEY DO TWITTER, THEY DO FACEBOOK PAGES THEY HAVE COMPONENTS OF TH PROJECT THAT MAY BE DEVELOPED BY A SPECIFIC MANUFACTURER OR COMPANY SO THEN THE KIDS QUICKLY REALIZE WE'RE USING THIS IN TH PROTOTYPE, WHY NOT USE TWITTER OR OTHER MEDIA SITES TO OUTREACH TO THEM TO GET CONNECTION OR FEEDBACK FROM THE COMPANY SO THAT THE COMPANY CAN SEE THEIR PRODUCT IS BEING RECYCLED INTO SOMETHING THAT CAN BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT.

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOU SOCIAL MEDIA IS THAT THE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING HOW TO USE IT IN A POSITIVE WAY ONE OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES IS 3-D PRINTING WE CREATE PROTOTYPES AND WE NEED A SPECIFIC PLASTIC PART FOR WHAT WE'RE DOING.

SO OUR IDEA IS WE CAN USE THE D-PRINTER TO INTEGRATE THEM WITH OTHER RECYCLED MATERIAL.

KIDS ARE LOOKING TO CREAT SOMETHING.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THAT WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH A APP-BASED COMPANY AND AGAIN WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT.

WE'RE SITTING IN FRONT OF TH COMPUTERS AND THEY'RE ASKING QUESTIONS, WE'RE NOT SURE.

YOU HAVE TO FIGURE IT OU YOURSELF AND IN THE LAST MONTH THEY MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WITH THAT.

WE HAVE TO KEEP UP AS TEACHERS FOR THE STUDENTS TO LOOK FOR NEW THINGS WE CAN INCORPORATE IN OUR PROJECT LOOKING FORWARD TO PROJECT HOW WE CAN GET IT TO B SUSTAINABLE.

TO BE SUSTAINABLE MEANS THAT THE STUDENTS FROM HERE TAKE IT T HIGH SCHOOL.

HOPEFULLY I CAN CARRY IT OU IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH THE OTHE MEMBERS OF MIFF TEAM ONCE YOU BECOME MATURE IN HIGH SCHOOL YOU NOTICE DIFFEREN THINGS THAT WOULD BE AMAZING, BECAUSE I GET MORE KIDS INVOLVED INTO TH SCHOOL AND INTO THE PROJECT.

EARLIER EXPOSURE TO SCIENCE LAB WORK I THINK REALLY GIVE THESE KIDS AN IDEA AND A DIRECTION OF SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN DO

BEING IN THE RESERVOIR, THE KIDS HAVE REAL LIFE APPLICATIO SO THEY HAVE THE CONCEPTS THAT THEY LEARN I THINK HAVING ROB THERE AND JOEL GUIDING THEM INTO THI SCIENCE FACT AND MAKING IT COM TO LIFE, I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE PROJECT RESERVOIR BRINGS

WHEN I HEAR STORY OF TH STUDENTS SAYING I'M GOING TO B AN ENGINEER, CAN MY SON BE A ENGINEER, THOSE ARE THINGS I KNOW, WELL, THERE I GO, I CAN' QUIT I'M STUCK DOING THIS FOR A WHILE.

BECAUSE THOSE ARE THINGS I KNO AS A TEACHER ARE VERY IMPORTAN FOR THEIR SUCCESS FURTHER ON

I THINK IT PUTS THE KIDS IN CONTROL OF WHAT THEY WANT TO B DONE AND WHAT THEY FORESEE I THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND THEN ANY CHANGE THEY WANT TO MAKE IN IT TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE IT' BENEFICIAL AND CRUCIAL TO TH KID.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT WAY T CONNECT THE CHILD OR THE GROUP OF KIDS TO THAT TOPIC AND THEN FROM THERE THEY DEVELOP THAT SPARK AND THEN ONCE THAT SPARK IS IGNITED THEY CAN TAKE THA AND USE THAT TO IGNITE THE RES OF THEIR FUTURE.

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