Tuesday, May 10, 2016

   This week Lauren and I have been using Tinkercad to design our filter with the 3D printer. This will allow us to start testing with parts that are specifically for a filter. The only problem so far, is that the supplies that we ordered on amazon (The PH, water quality, and Salinity tester) are extremely late, they were ordered on the 19th and were supposed to be delivered nearly three weeks ago. Since we don't have those supplies, we will not be able to test out the water until it arrives and that should hopefully be any day now. Whenever those come in we will be able to numerically see the results there. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

    This week is when Lauren and I will be measuring the different levels of things in the water such as ph, salinity, and the water quality. The supply's should arrive tomorrow, so we will have the tools to do the project. We are planning on using oil of oregano, membrane filters and charcoal. We are also going to use a common method where you use the heat of the sun to evaporate the water leaving salt and other particles behind. Thats where the remaining cleaner water is filtered through the oil, membrane filter paper and charcoal. Then, we will test the clean water and compare it to it's original results to see improvement in the water quality. We're going to try a few different combinations to see which one works the best and if there is anything else that can be improved on.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

    This week lauren and I have been working on our checkpoint assignment. It is due on tuesday and it is simply a checkpoint where we describe what we have accomplished so far and what we have failed at and we have to list our short term and long term goals. My short term goals are to test the water within the next week, and to find more ingredients that will work for removing bacteria such as vinegar and other more acidic ph's 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

       Yesterday, Lauren and I finally did our experiment! We started off with dirty and salty brown pond water and then we used the membrane filters and our selected ingredients to filter out the salt and some of the dirt. We first tried out the chia seeds. The chia seeds seemed to absorb a lot of the dirt making the overall water much clearer. After that we tried pineapple, then potatoes,  the yogurt, and coconut oil. The pineapple and potatoes seemed to do fairly well and the coconut oil collected much of the visible dirt particles but the yogurt was too watery and did absolutely nothing. After that Lauren and I took some samples of the chia seeds water before and after filtering. We did not yet take samples of the other ingredients. We have just ordered PH/ Water quality/ Salinity tester off of Amazon so as soon as that arrives we will be able to check out the results much more precisely and we will be able to re evaluate the other ingredients. I think our project is doing well so far and I'm ready to see which ingredients help to most.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Preparing for Conducting Our Experiment

       Just yesterday, Lauren and I have listed 9 ingredients to test out on saltwater to see if they make a difference on the level of salt in the water. We also went shopping for everything and the membrane filter paper has just arrived! This wednesday, we are going to conduct the experiment. The nine ingredients we have researched about and chosen to individually evaluate are: Yogurt, Pineapple, Potato/ Potato skin, Eggplant, Multiple varieties of oil, Flax seeds, Chia seeds, Tea Bags, and Cranberries. All of these are known to have higher absorption rates and the potatoes and eggplants are especially known to absorb salt specifically! The Pineapple has enzymes that degrade certain substances so we are anxious to see thats effect on the salt. Also, when chia seeds are put in water they basically absorb it so i'm excited to see if those will absorb the salt. When we start our experiment, we will have a strainer over a bowl and in the strainer we will put the membrane filters and a thick layer of the chosen ingredient, then we will pour the salt water into the strainer and let it filter through.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

                Since it is spring break, our project has been paused for the past week. We will start again once school resumes so we will have time to collaborate. I'm really excited to try out this new idea whenever the supplies get in like the nutrient agar, petri dish and some gloves. You have to be very careful using nutrient agar because since it is made to support growing bacteria, it can also harbor bad bacteria that can make you sick so we will have to make sure to wash our hands and wear protective gloves while conducting the experiment.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A New Great Idea

           After a lot of research, Lauren and I have come up with a great new Idea. It is inexpensive and simple. We are planning to grow a bacteria that eats/ decomposes lead/salt. While doing this the salt/lead will be extracted from the water making it safe to drink. We have learned about this concept and figured out that it is possible so we are going to grow some of this and test it out as soon as it's finished. For the salt extraction, we have figured out that salt is attracted to magnets, so that could potentially be useful also. I'm really excited to get things going and I have a great feeling about this new idea!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Shifting/ Adding Our Plan

      Lauren and i have just decided to shift our 20% idea. Instead of making a desalination device for just dirty water we are going to attempt to make a filter that also works for lead and salt, since nothing has been made for these two water infestations. I think that this will help our project because we're adding a specific problem to focus on and it will also be an amazing accomplishment if it works, because if we can create a filter for lead, then there is a solution for Flint, Michigan's water crisis. If we can use this to filter salt out of water, then any of the many people with access to saltwater can use this like in California since they are experiencing major Droughts. We also hope to make this inexpensive and affordable so anyone can purchase it, by doing this we could help millions of people around the world with a large array of water related issues. At this point, Lauren and I have been doing a lot of research about lead and salt and we are already coming up with some ideas to test out which will be our next step.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

     We just finished Idea Showcase! It went very well, Lauren and i finished our poster and made sure we were prepared for all the questions. It lasted about 2 hours and a fair amount of people showed up, but no one signed up to be our mentor which is okay since Ken Surrite is already helping us. Mrs. Hellwig Interviewed us for a grade and that was pretty easy and we were able to answer all her questions. I thought it helped us a lot just answering everyone's questions so we could get a better idea ourselves of our plans, and we got some great advice and encouragement!
                                                                  Here is our poster!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Desalination Device Updates

     Our teacher Mr. Eckert filed a grant from Donors Choose for all the students to receive anything they needed for their 20% time project a few weeks ago and all our packages just delivered yesterday!! Lauren and I ordered Iodine crystals and a solar panel but at this point we're not sure if we'll use it, but we will for sure need the iodine crystals and we just ordered some membrane filters. I plan to have constructed a basic model of our filter within this month because things are running very smoothly and productive. Another upcoming event is the idea showcase which will take place on February 16th, which is where the students create a table to present their project and anyone can come in to view it and ask questions, give advice or comments. Me and Lauren are now preparing for it and starting to make our poster.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Supplies!!

This week, Lauren and I received a package from Ken Surritte (The founder of the Water Is Life Organization) In it were two straw filters and two other filters made for larger portions of water, along with two Water Is Life T-shirts. After messing with and trying out all the filters we constructed our first basic blueprint!! Our blueprint consists of charcoal and iodine crystals and membrane filters and possibly magnets to collect salt, but that portion will be focused on and more detailed later. The dirty contaminated water will pour out into the filter which will be pumped with air similar to a bike pump, and the result is clean desalinated water! Here are some pictures!
Lauren (Left) and I opening the package from Water is Life
This is our basic draft for our filter!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Skyping Water Is Life Founder

Lauren and I have been preparing the past week to google hangout with the founder of the "Water Is Life" organization; Ken Surritte. Today is the day we did google hangouts, we told him our idea and he thought it was a good idea and then he gave us a lot of advice and suggestions and he showed us some of the filters from water is life. He also said he would like if we went on a mission trip to africa with water is life at some point which i think is a great idea and would even benefit my college application. Another thing, is he is sending us some of their filters to see and he's sending us a tshirt for each of us