|From Las Cruces, NM, at the nexus of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico (Click to enlarge image).|
Assorted images from the road
|The desk of a Holiday Inn Express hotel room suffices as a laboratory bench.|
|A sunny window sill also works well to test a setup.|
|Note the different volumes of gases in the syringes. Chemistry quiz question: Based solely on comparing the two volumes, which syringe contains hydrogen gas?|
Fun times at the Carpe Diem Academy in Yuma, AZ - Monday September 19, 2011
The good folks a the Carpe Diem Academy were very enthusiastic about the Project iLASER activities. Many thanks to Principal Sciarretta and all the teachers and staff for accommodating us so very well! The students were very attentive and had a great deal of interest in the prospect of powering the planet with sunlight. They asked a lot of great questions, gave wonderful answers when posed with questions and wanted to know why we aren't already using sunlight in greater abundance to supply our energy needs. In addition to the selection of photos from Yuma below, there are more in an online album HERE.
|Yep, ol' Honest Abe there on the wall would be very proud of these solar scientists in Yuma!|
|Oh yeah...these guys were surely fired up!|
|Hey! Look what we built! Let's go OUTside and test it.|
|Success! That solar cell is converting sunlight into electricity.|
A great event at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County
Nogales, AZ - Thursday September 22, 2011
Nogales, AZ is a very quaint town right on the border. Scenes of "the fence" are stark and somber. I'm really doing my best to keep this blog apolitical and won't offer commentary about my feelings about "the fence". I'll let the photos speak for me. Hopefully you can hear the message...
|The fence is an obvious feature in Nogales, following the curves of the hillsides in this photo.|
|Nogales, AZ (~21,000 pop. - 2010 census) adjoins Nogales, Sonora, Mexico (~212,000 pop. - 2010 census).|
|This is worth at least 1,000 words...|
Thursday the 22nd of September was an awesome day. I was very impressed with the crew at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County in Nogales, AZ. Vicki Barden, Roger Remlinger, J.P. Gonzalez and all the staff and volunteers at the Club do a great job providing the children with an excellent environment to learn and grow.
|The entrance to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County.|
|The banner informs Club members and their parents/guardians of the day's event.|
The Club has a group of high school students known as Very Important Peers (VIPs) who were awesome assistants during the Project iLASER event. The photos below are a selection from a larger number found in the album HERE.
|Club staff and VIPs (in red vests) helped set up and carry out the Project iLASER event.|
|What's the voltage? More importantly: When do we dig into those blackberries?|
|Now THAT is a group eager to build dye-sensitized solar cells!|
|They successfully coverted Nogales sunlight into electricty!|
|Staff member J.P. Gonzalez and these two young ladies stayed overtime and built more cells using indoor lighting. The one on the right is Victoria from above. She simply couldn't get enough of the hands-on science explorations!|
|Illuminating the solar cell with the small flashlight more than doubled the voltage output.|