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  • The algae shade is a living window that supports sustainability through an integrated bioreactor. The complex heat sealed system enables maximum algae production which then gets used for biofuel.

    We decided to continue working on the algae shade for open innovation with the hopes to improve upon the shade design and the integrated system. We found new methods to heat seal and have begun to discuss constant pressure systems versus modular systems.

    During the first week, we started by growing a sample of algae. We talked to Tim about the best growing conditions and will be continuing to monitor the algae over the next weeks. We also looked a lot at the design of the shade and the flow patterns of the algae. We decided to move from linear pathways to hexagonal ones because we noticed that the algae were getting caught in the corners. Another benefit of using hexagonal patterns is that it forces the algae to move back and forth causing agitation which promotes growth. While discussing the shade with both Andrew and Louis, we talked about how the geometry of the shade could be used to enhance the design and aid the movements that we are looking for. We cut out sections and made various holds to explore what would work best. In the upcoming week, we will continue to explore the mechanism that moves the shade.

    We have also have done a lot of work with heat sealing. Instead of using the impulse sealer which has a predetermined length and can only do linear seals we explored making our mount for the CNC mill. In our first iteration, we attached a steel roller ball to a soldering iron. This, however, had too high of a mass index and proved to be difficult to control the temperature. We then tested a rounded aluminum piece to see if the soldering iron could transfer heat in the way we wanted. This worked, but again we ran into problems when the piece dragged it would catch and tare the material. Our third iteration we used a much smaller aluminum rollerball, and it worked well. Stefano 3d printed a piece to hold the soldering iron in place, which fit in the dust shroud of the CNC mill. It is spring loaded to prevent stress on the piece, and after only a few attempts it was sealing better than we had expected. We are continuing to make improvements on all the design fronts as well as testing to find the best material and temperature combinations. We hope to have a fully functioning shade by the end and if time allows we will look more into the biofuel aspect.

  • Lockers is an interactive art installation that targets the problem of gun violence in schools in the 21st century. It is composed of 226 small wooden lockers, each dedicated to a person whose  black-and-white abstract picture and stenciled information (name, age at death, school of death, and a few interesting facts that makes them unique) are backlit by LED lights. Lockers honors the memories of the lives that were unjustly taken, sending the message that gun violence in schools occurs too often.The goal is to reach gun rights supporters in the hope that when they see these victims as actual people who had incredible potential, and not just as another statistic, they will be inspired to push for stricter gun control laws. As viewers you can go up and open each locker and discover the story of a life that is no longer with us and have time to reflect on the effects of gun violence.

  • "Genius camp" is a film made for incoming NuVu students to introduce them to the rigorous studio process. Certain elements of the film were made to give a more casual tone. For instance, the film is narrated by a senior student to emulate a one-on-one coaching session. The comical and light-hearted tone that is consistent throughout the video is partially inspired by youtube videos. To keep production simple while maintaining a certain level of polish, the video's visuals are limited to a narrator speaking in front of a NuVu pink background accompanied by props and animations.

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