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In the Air Design Challenge

8 Posts authored by: dwinhold
Hello everyone from Chrystal and Dale,   We want to thank everyone for this exciting and very big learning experience. Although we didn't complete 100% of what was planned, we will continue to work on this project until finished. For both of us it ended up being a lot more than we figured. From changing our overall plans by adding the whole biology part to the project made it harder to figure out how to do this. We did complete the centrifuge, microscope, some sensors, wireless wifi, recha ...
Hi everyone,   I will be giving a detailed update this weekend, I just wanted to say that part of my Element14 order was canceled by them due to parts being discontinued. They never informed me, only when I called to find out about the delay is when they let me know. They wouldn't allow me to substitute the item for another and said only the one who submitted the order could do this. They were pleasant to me but I feel that I should have been notified as soon as possible. The item missing ...
Hi everyone!!   This is Chrystal writing this post on our progress. Sorry about the delay in getting the update posted, the holidays distracted us a bit, but now that Christmas is over and everything has slowed down (except school) we have got a fair bit done on our project.   So here is the long update (With photos I took):   I have the microscope working!! I have it at about 80X, it isn't up to the power we need yet, but it works great. I took apart some old cameras to salva ...
Hello to everyone!!   So, my update last week didn't get posted due to a drastic change in our project. With the focus on clean air, water and soil sensing, I was creating sensor boards for.. well sensors. This was starting to work well until my daughter (Chrystal/Project Partner) asked how does the sensor tell if the water is ok to drink? I explained that we test for PPM, PH and other sensor tests we add. Chrystal, being a perfectionist and aspiring biologist said that my tests wouldn't g ...
Hi everyone,   I wanted to get a quick update of where we are at. As most my know, my daughter is working with me on this project (See last blog post). We have received most everything from Element14 (Thank you so much). We have downloaded and registered Cadsoft Eagle Pro and are working hard to design the PCB's for our sensors (Thank you Cadsoft for this incredable software).   I am currently working on the PCB design for the sensors as well programming the Beaglebone Black. I will ...
Portable Field Tester part 3, making a solar power supply:   This part will be written by my daughter Chrystal, she is looking after making the power supply for our field tester (With my guidance).   Hi everyone, my name is Chrystal and I am 14 years old. My dad has helped me with this part by explaining diodes, resistors and how electricity works. I will explain each picture in detail as they are posted.   Diodes: They allow electricity to pass only one way. So the power comi ...
Introduction:   The flow chart below is my overall idea of how this will work. (Just the start)       Here is the list of Items I have ordered from Element14 with the budget generously provided:   TENMA-21-10115-SOLDERING STATION, ESD SAFE, 60W, 110VAC TENMA-21-11410-HOT AIR DESOLDERING STATION GC ELECTRONICS-10-1207-0000-SOLDERING PASTE FLUX, BOTTLE, 2FLOZ PROSKIT INDUSTRIES-22-6475-SOLDERING TOOL STAND, PCB MULTICORE (SOLDER)-SN62RA10BAS86-25G CARTRID ...
Hello everyone,   My goal for this road-test is to create a Portable Environment Field Tester. This can be used by outdoor enthusiasts, researchers, campers, hunters or anyone who spends time outdoors. The chances of getting lost is not very great, but running out of water, getting bad weather, being in an area with bad air quality or falling in contaminated mud or dirt is greater.   With the Environment Field Tester, you will be able to:   Test water before you drink it to ...