Bio Powered Lamp

Patrick McGucken and Nicholas Patterson

Patrick's Brief

Dodecahedron New Year Lamp: The future calls for new ideas and new solutions to over using electricity. The Dodecahedron Lamp provides light without using electricity, and provides a homey and fun vibe. The Lamp is clipped together by bio-luminescent tiles with engraved designs on the tiles.

This device is a light that does not depend on an energy source, rather it is a bio luminescent light. It has animal engravings on all 12 sides, one for each Chinese new year animal. It exists because as we progress into the future, we need new ideas to grasp onto. Electricity is very harmful to earth, creating it takes many resources and ultimately does worse rather than good. We rely too heavily on electricity, and this light is a good first step to stray away from that. We are helping people all around the world , and can be us for celebrations. Each of the tiles have algae in them, which light up on their own. This causes the space around them to be lit up. Clips hold together all 12 tiles, making the shape of a dodecahedron. This design is for anyone and everyone. Whoever wants a decoration, or just wants to help the planet, this is the light for you.

Nick's Brief:

The Dodecahedron Lamp is a bioluminescent lamp that uses natural light, rather than electric, to illuminate an area. The lamp is made up of glowing tiles that are clipped together at the edges.

The Dodecahedron Lamp is a light source that does not rely on electricity. The lamp acts as a home for microorganisms and uses them to create light. Each one of its twelve sides are engraved in detail with one of the animals from the Chinese New Year in order to keep the lamp visually stimulating. It is designed to be applicable for many different types of people, ranging from someone living in the city to someone living far out in the suburbs, so we kept its purpose rather general: as a lighting source for use in the home. 

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Liquid Mood: A functional liquid-mood interface that utilizes the energy generated from living bacterial culture to power devices and produce light, while also providing storage.

This interface consists of revolving touch-activated hexagons that aggregate over an entire wall, producing a versatile tiling system, each of which showcases living Streptomyces coelicolor and bioluminescent algae. The swiveling tiles allot for storage or mirrors on the other side, making them more practical.

As a result of climate change, the planet proceeds to deteriorate, making the use of alternative energy sources such as biopower, imperative. The societal reaction to a living, green wall may not be positive, which is why multiple color options can provide users with a customizable experience based on their personal preference. The genetically engineered Streptomyces coelicolor and bioluminescent algae adapt their color based chemical changes or inputs, such as temperature, light, and pressure. These result in a distinct output or color. The bacteria generate colors specific to the user's mood to improve their state of mind.

Video: Tasting Edible Bioplastics

Cleo Podrasky


Final Presentation

Thomas Youngen and Juliette Formela

Thomas's Final Brief

In our modern world, perfectly good water is constantly wasted when it could be repurposed. The Aquaponic Sink addresses this problem by transporting nutrient-rich water from a fish tank and pumping it into a reservoir. The water then either waters plants through a drip system which cycles back to the fish tank or passes through a filter which powers the sink. Drained water from the sink goes back to the tank as well.

The Aquaponic Sink is a space-efficient open sink table that has two levels of shelving that the reservoir and plants can rest on. The fish tank can simply go on the floor under the plants. The open framing made of PVC and the clear acrylic top allows for more light to access the plants. Pumps are used to transport the water upwards whilst a drip system utilizes gravity to move the water downwards for the plants and then completes the circle. The drip system begins when the water from the reservoir runs through a small tube above the planter with little holes in it. The level that the plants rest on, as well as the bottom of the planter, has evenly-distributed holes as well so that the water can pass through and into the fish tank. The planter can be filled with plants and gravel; there is no need for typical soil in an aquaponic system since fish waste provides all of the nutrients necessary for plant growth. It is also important to consider the soap being used at the sink since the dirty water drains back into the fish tank. A natural soap must be used that is safe to enter the fish tank's water or the water must be filtered.

This sink is ideal for a variety of users. Maybe the user an average person who wants to grow some herbs and take care of fish but lives in a city with little living space. Perhaps the users are a family in a rural village that is experiencing water scarcity who powers the sink through the water they collect from a well. Potentially a chef with a restaurant that needs fresh vegetables could make use of this design. The world and environment would be much better off if there were more natural biological processes integrated into peoples’ lives like the sustainable, water-recycling Aquaponic Sink.

Juliette's Final Brief

The aquaponic sink is a system that is designed to use the recycled water that flows through a fish tank and plant system to fuel a bathroom sink. This system is used to prevent the large amount of wasted water in homes today and encourages the use of recycled water throughout a home system. Made to fit inside a bathroom vanity, the aquaponic sink takes up as little space as possible. Incorporating real-life fish, real plants, and a simple minimalist design, the aquaponic sink is both easy on the environment and the eyes. Care for the aquaponic sink is very simple. Long term, the user will only need to feed the fish. 

The aquaponic sink is made to be used anywhere. Because of its simple design, the system can be used in both apartment buildings and houses! The aquaponic sink does not require any additional plumbing. The aquaponic sink is quite simple! On the bottom layer is the fish tank. The waste that the fish produce contains nutrients that help plants grow. The nutrient-rich water is pumped through a tube that connects to a larger tube. In the larger tube, the nutrient-rich water can go one of two ways: either flow through a drip system that waters the plants on the middle layer or pass through a filter that creates clean water which will then flow through the sink. If the water goes through the drip system into the plants, the plants will then filter and absorb the nutrient-rich water and provide clean water that will drip back into the fish tank.

Project Board

Siena Jekel


Siena Jekel and 3 OthersCleo Podrasky
Evan Johnston
Noor Al-Dehaimi
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Plastic items are used every day, from packaging in grocery stores to 3D-printed items made for toys and appliances. This waste can end up in the ocean, where it spreads from continent to continent, polluting water and killing animals in its wake. The Bioprinter is a way to cut down on this waste and destruction, since the filament material dissolves in water, and can be eaten safely by both humans and animals. 

Normal 3D printing uses plastic that is nearly impossible to biodegrade, and while printing, it creates excess material that is seldom used; the Bioprinter extrudes its form of plastic through a syringe head in an efficient manner, and the excess material is nontoxic, making it far less of a hazard than any other plastic. It uses a threaded rod and a motor to push down on the syringe, which is filled with bioplastic in a liquid state. While the syringe pushes down, the bioplastic cools, forming into an extrudable material that can be used for 3D-printed designs and shapes. This item, depending upon the recipe of biofilament used, can be made into food and candy, or it can be used as packaging, as the material itself is versatile and adaptible. This cuts down significantly on waste, and is far better than normal plastic, which is used once and then thrown out.


The 3d printer piece is a syringe that uses bio gels to form an object, the bio gels that are extruded use eco-friendly ingredients. The gels are biodegradable.

Bioplastics unlike normal plastic are eco-friendly and use safe ingredients. Bioplastics prevents polluted oceans yet works like normal plastic. The bio-printed plastics are for people who want to better our environment. Bioplastics can be used for packaging and many other things. After the plastic is used it could be thrown into the ocean, and it'll biodegrade or if the bioplastic used is edible it could be eaten. 

The 3d printing process uses a piece that is mechanically controlled and uses a syringe. This set includes an on and off button and a button that controls the speed and direction of how fast the liquid should be extruded.  


Bio-Printing is an adaptation of current 3d-printing processes to incorporate bio-manufacturing techniques and cut down on harmful waste. The bio printer features a print head which extrudes a bio-degradable gel that can harden on the printing surface.

The extruder functions by using a threaded rod and a motor to press down on a syringe filled with the bio-plastic. Current 3d printing technology uses plastics that are very difficult or even impossible to bio-degrade and also require heating to extrude, increasing power cost. This is made worse by the excess material most printers produce in support material (removable plastic that is printed to support overhanging layers). This issue is lessened with bio-degradable plastics that can be reused instead of just being thrown out.


 Most plastic ends up in the ocean, this includes 3d printed parts, plastic bags, cups, etc. The bio-printer is a 3d printer that prints out of biodegradable plastic in an efficient way, so when the plastic is in contact with water it dissolves. This project contains a 3d printer nozzle piece that can attach to most 3d printers. The bioplastic filament goes through the nozzle in liquid form and sets on the bed. The 3d printer can be used by anyone who wants to help the environment and wants to learn about a new way to 3d print.

          This project exists because there are copious amounts of pollution in the ocean, This pollution is mainly caused by people throwing all types of plastic into the ocean. The Bio-Printer is a project that tries to contain the amount of 3d printed pieces going into the ocean, The 3d printer does this by 3d printing out of biodegradable plastic. The nozzle of the printer is a motor controlled syringe, this way when operating the printer the user can control the speed and the direction of the printer. Because the filament needs to go through something similar to a syringe, it has to go through the nozzle in liquid or gel form, to achieve a clean print. The bioplastic used in this project starts in liquid form and then hardens once it reaches the bed. The user controls the 3d printer with a knob controlling the direction and speed of the printer and a switch turning it on and off.

Project Board

Uliana Dukach

The Fitness Washer

Ma'ayan Rider Shacham and Uliana Dukach
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Ma'ayan R.S.

Laundry Machines use 4,500 to 13,500 gallons of water per year and 225 watts per hour of use, meaning that they are not eco-friendly. The Fitness Washer uses less water and no electricity, reducing waste per use, questioning the efficiency and accessibility of the normal laundry machine. This project can be installed in homes in the place of a regular washing machine. This washer is also for homeless people and people who cannot afford washing machines.

The washer has a system of pulleys that are attached to the washer. When the string is pulled, it turns the paddles in the washing machine. This technology does not require energy and has a self-cleaning bioreactor that cleans and reuses the water. A user uses the Fitness Washer by putting clothes in like a washing machine, pulls the handle and begins exercising. 

Uliana Gunder-Dukach

The Fitness Washer is a washing machine designed to be human-powered It works similar to a rowing machine and is powered by humans fitness and exercise. This project is much more environmentally friendly than normal washing machines which use 500 to 13,500 gallons of water per year and 225 watts per hour of use. This project uses no energy at all and most of the water is recycled and cleaned by the bioreactor. This project was initially meant to be put in public areas and be accessible to all people, but it can also be placed in a home.

The Fitness Washer is made up of two chambers. The inner chamber houses the clothes, and the outer chamber includes the drain and the bioreactor. In the inner chamber, there are paddles that spin when a string is lifted. All of the water from the inner chamber goes into the outer chamber ready to be recycled or drained. Overall the Fitness Washer is a washing machine that allows you to easily wash your clothes and get fit, all while reducing your eco-footprint.

The Spider-Station - Grace and Robert

Grace Kalere and Robert Lermusiaux
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Grace's Brief:

The Spider-Station is a wearable that provides isolation and recreates experiences and feelings such as privacy, quietness and motivation. The Spider-Station is a sustainable workstation that is built around a chair, having the helmet at the top and pedals at the bottom with tubing going around the entire chair.

The Spider-Station tackles the problem of an unsustainable and generic workstation. The project helps people that are thinking about the future of workstations. Workstations in general use so much unnecessary power due to all the devices.

The Spider-Station is built around a chair with many of the components being designed in programs such as Rhino and Fusion. The project uses algae water that is both aesthetically pleasing and creates a soothing sound. A user puts on the helmet that cancels out your peripheral vision for concentration, and then would start to pedal for the tubing around the bike to start working.

Robert's Brief:

The Spider Station: A wearable that allows one to have focused isolation by providing motivational lighting and calmness along with closing off someones vision to focus the person on the task at hand.

The Spider Station solves the problem of not being focused because surroundings. The Spider Station is helping people that are easily distracted because of one simple movement or noise. The Spider Station is for people who struggle with concentration because of their surroundings. The Spider Station blocks most of ones vision except for what is directly in front pf the person.  The Spider station sets itself apart from other similar objects by using a custom biking powered peristaltic pump. This pump make algae water travel through the helmet and provide the Miles Morales emblem to motivate the user.  The Spider Station interacts with The wearer by making them pedal at a slow speed to provide focused isolation and motivation. 


Andrew Todd Marcus