Erosion Engineering

January 29, 2017 at 9:00 am (News, Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Alright stop!   Collaborate and listen.  The Little V’s are back with a brand new invention.  Vantaztic Learning has some mad skills on the mic, but even I can’t touch the brilliance that came from these young problem-solvers.  Your mind will be blown back to the 90’s to when we thought this track was solid,

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as you listen to these clever devils collaborate.  See the thought process unfold for yourself as the scientists explain how their prototypes will slow beach erosion.

Makerspaces Engineering Erosion Project

Some background info for our readers:  The kids spent a day to design a blueprint of how their idea would look and created a write up of how it works.

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Day two (this day) was focused on creation of their sketch.  Next week they will test their project to see if it does in fact work, and if for some reason not, back to the drawing board.  For our fourth event day, we’ve invited a couple of professionals from our local community with background knowledge and first hand experience in beach renourishment to visit and listen to the students as they present their ideas, discuss the successes and drawbacks of the pretesting, and share their improvements.  Suppose we’ll have to wait to add more until testing and discussion take place, so for now . . . hit the hi-hat.  Word to your mother.

Makerspaces Engineering
Makerspaces Engineering

 

Makerspaces Engineering

We’re back and ready to share what worked and what needed modifications.  Our guest shall be here at the end of the month.  Enjoy, we’ll back after this paid programming announcement.

Erosion Wave Model

 

Engineering a Way to Slow Erosion
Wave Erosion Testing

2/23/17 Mr. Rudolph, “Rudi”, stopped in to listen to the young minds share their ideas and models to prevent beach erosion.  Mr. Rudi works for the Carteret County Shoreline Protection in Emerald Isle, NC.  He shared how to combat the erosion issue with the method Carteret County uses, dredging sand onto the beaches.  Fun Fact:  Sand is classified as sand if it is between 1/16-2 mm in size, any larger and it is mud, and then gravel.  Fun Fact:  An average of 1 million cubic yards are pumped onto the beach for a given project.  Fun Fact:  If sand is the erosion problem, then the solution is sand, putting it back to where it belongs.  The kids were engaged and developed terrific questions such as, “Would my hurt the environment?”, “How much sand is used to dredge back onto the beach?”, “How do you know when too much erosion is happening?”, and “What is your favorite part of your job?”.  Super way to end the week.  We are definitely spoiled to have so many resources at our fingertips.

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Ecosystems, Erosion, & Estuaries

October 17, 2015 at 9:00 am (Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

These scientists are creating gusts of wind to erode sand.  They experimented with the effects of wind erosion with a barren field, then added sticks, rocks, and finally pine cones.  Our future leaders recorded and shared their observations on outcomes, and problem-solved how this issue could be addressed.

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After reading another spectacular KidBiz article on erosion, we created seawall replicas, modeled how they work, discussed why they’re built, and compared this to the planting of sea grass.  We examined the effects of how water can and will eventually find the path of least resistance, creeping it’s way to an ever changing landscape that is the coast (backyard).  We also performed the roles of wind and soil movements, pantomiming effects of erosion.

The NC Coastal Reserve visited us to discuss the effects our area suffers from erosion to estuaries and how these effect the ecosystem.  We have been selected to develop a plan to solve this issue.  Our crew will grow spartina grass from seed and keep track of the growth process throughout the winter.

CHS is allowing us to store the spartina in their green house until the spring, in which time we will then transfer it to a location in the sound near the school.  Real life problem solvers, not a multiple choice exercise.

Stay tuned for more action as we will create glaciers and observe how they also change Mother Earth’s landscape.

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