Grades 6-8 (OPSPARC 2017)

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Grades 6-8 (OPSPARC 2017)

For our model we used a vex kit to build. We used 4 thick wheels, and our main body was made out of the basic plates of vex. We used 4 motors, and a VEX EDR to code.

Our Spinnoff idea is based on the Curosity rover currently on Mars which is designed to find any possiblties of water there. The Curosity Spinoff that we decided to build will solve the water problem that Sub-Saharan Africa suffers using moisture sensors to locate and landscape any possiblties of water within this regionWhile building this spinoff we ran into many difficulties such as such as what terrain it would go on, how we could incoporate the moisture sensors within it.

In your own words, what is Spinoff technology?A spinoff technology is a type of technology that was used for a specific purpose, however was modified to fit everyday life. Most spinoff technology originate from NASA.

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The Rover

Original spinoff technology.(Curiosity Rover) (That we Decided to Use)

The Design of our Curosity Rover Spinoff

Engineering the Design

The Working Design

It May Not Seem Like MuchI understand, you may say it doesn't seem like much. I would have to agree with that. This design is working progress. And yes you may criticize that I didn't finish it in time and it doesn't look like the sketch. But let me ask you reader not all projects are finished in a timely matter and with more time I can almost guarantee you this will be a working model.

The current problemEvery year millions of children die from lack of water in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a spinoff technology of the Mars rover Curosity Millions of people will be saved from this horrendous death, just because a basic need like water is not avalible to them.

The Current SolutionsMany solution try to find ways to drill the water out. Others try to just filter the dirty water found. Our design is special compared, while others focus on one task our design does many more. It process where the water is due to moisture, where and what area can it be irrigated for, and what areas it can support.

Yes, it looks the sameYes, it does look the same doesn't it. But it is not what on the outside that matters, but indeed the inside. This design is equipped with two heads 1.(For photography of the area) & 2. (A moisture sensor attached to it). The inside holds (though not depicted) heat sensors also to eliminate areas not possible for water and numbers of the surrounding to think of how much the water found can support.

The TestOverall the test was not that bad. Although we did not apply the moisture sensors we successfully built a body in someway representing the prototype and what we truly envisioned for this troubled region.

Strengths:Mostly able to fix problem of region can can easily be done.Weakness: Is not fast enough to fix the problem in a certain amount of time but overtime it willModifications: Body type and wheels, weight of design, and power source(instead of battery obviously the sun is the best option).

Final Design Photo

OverallOverall, yes it's not the best robot out there and there are several that can be made better. But let me tell you why we should win and it goes for this lone fact only. We gave birth to robot that in the future can not only save millions, but maybe go on to save billions. We stand out for all other competion because while there in the past studying current problems we are zooming through the now and then with this design

Constraints:Must be finished by 3/13/17Must be able to solve real world problemMust be a NASA technology turned into a spinoffCriteria:Must be finished by 3/13/17Must be able to solve water issue in Sub-Saharan AfricaMust have a moisture sensor Elimation of Designs:Amazingly we all worked together on the design. With one illustrator drawing our dream and ideas to paper it became more and more plausible on making this. As we slowly finished it we realized that we all had put our ideas ( With some help form the Curosity design) on to one sketch.Meeting the Criteria and Constraints:This was easily the hardest part of the project. The body came along fine, but we were stuck with the biggest problem... How would we incorporate the moisture sensor. We slowly got to work, but soon realized that the materials we have could not finish this magnificent device.


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