Spinoff HI School

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Spinoff HI School

The James Webb Space Telescope is a device that will examine the development of galaxies and planetary systems and investigate the potential for life in other solar systems. It will be a continuation of the discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope. There have been multiple innovations on the James Webb Space Telescope including folding segmented mirrors and microshutters. It is schedueled to launch in October 2018.

On the James Webb Space Telescope, the hexagon-shaped mirrors are held in place with a backplane.This hexagonal frame is built to withstand high speeds, high pressure, and extreme temperatures. We decided to integrate the sturdy hexagonal frame into a more portable structure. This structure would serve as a frame for a portable, temporary home, which could be used in states of disaster or extreme conditions. The structure would be composed of three faces that would each contain five hexagons. Rods would be placed around the hexgonal sections in order to form the triangles of the pyramid. This overall frame would be sturdy and foldable, just as the JWT's mirrors are. It would hold up the covering of the home, which would be made of PVC coated canvas or any other waterproof material. Specifically, PVC coated canvas is durable and waterproof. These characteristics are necessities in areas prone to natural disaster. Lastly, the triangular frame would be foldable due to hinges connecting each face. On one side, the frame would have a clasp that would be undone when the home needs to be stored. When fully constructed, there will be an unzippable portion in the canvas that corresponds with a certain hexagon on the frame; that way, inhabitants would be able step through one of the hexagons in the frame in order to get in and out of the protable house.

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Natural disaters are the most devestating events that can occur. Even though damage due to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, costs more in developed countries, they cause more devastation in impoverished areas. For example, the Haiti earthquake in 2010 caused 105,000 homes to be destroyed. The country was left in ruins without any to repair the buildings. This is because the GDPs of developing countries are generally much lower than the GDPs of highly developed countries.Without any money to rebuild in these impoverished areas, thousands of people are left without homes.

Materials Needed:-The Hexagonal Frames (composed of inexpensive, durable metal that is welded together)-Metal Hinges and Clasp (to connect the 3 frames together)-Covering (composed of PVC fabric and mosquito netting)Experiment:1. Give the materials to test group to see how fast and easily they can consturst the protable home. -Organize 10 groups of five individuals that have never seen the portable home. -Hand each group the foldable frame and covering with picture instructions. -Time how fast each group can assemble the portable home.2. Put the portable home through a series of tests in order to see how the metal framing and covering protects against various weather conditions. -Put the completed portable home in a simulation tunnel. -Simulate the weather conditions of rain, wind, and snow for a short-term period. -Rate the protable home's ability to withstand the various weather conditions, prevent water from getting inside the home,and how windproof the protable home is.3. Put the portable home through a series of tests to see how the metal framing and covering withstand against weathering over time. -Put the metal frame and covering in a accelerated weathering tester at serperate times. -For both the frame and the covering, simulate 2 years, 7 years, and 15 years of weathering, in order to compare how fast the materials deteriorate. -Rate how both the frame and covering withstand against weathering over the different peiords of time.

We used the Webb Telescope Mirror worksheet for inspiration!

Nepal Earthquake May 2015

James Webb Space Telescope Backplane

Scale Measurements1 in = 6 in

A portable home has pros and cons. It will be able to provide temporary shelter to those who's home have been destroyed. A portable home can also be altered for different areas of the world. For example, if sent to colder region, the covering can contain more insolation. Also, unlike its flimsy alternative, a tent, a portable home's metal structure can provide more protection. Cons include protection against weather conditions. Since the top of the covering is mosquito netting, rain and snow could possibly get inside. Also, since the portable home is a temporary shelter, the standard form does not have any running water or electricity. Thus,the standard form of the portable home will be effective for temporary purposes but not long-term situations.

The James Webb Space Telescope

The Portable Home

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