Today, Sarah Lucas, a representative from BP came to visit the team at our school. We were able to ask her any questions about the competition, as she helps run the competition from the beginning to its end. By asking questions, we found out that we can use our thousand dollar stipend in any way we deem necessary for the project. In addition to this, she advised us that we should focus our project on components we are the most knowledgeable about rather than spreading ourselves out too thin with mediocre tasks.
After the informational session, the team created a decision matrix that outweighed the pros and cons of three different ideas we came up with.
-First Idea: Develop three drones, each with specific purposes of finding one metaocean condition
-Second Idea: Develop one multipurpose drone that finds metocean conditions simultaneously
-Third Idea: Develop a swarm of a million nanobots that measure metocean conditions as a collective group and average the information from each nanobot to get the most accurate information
We decided to go with the second idea!
Currently, HISD uses B5 (Diesel with 5% Biodiesel) in most of its bust fleet. Research shows that B100 (100% Biodiesel) would reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, but as a fuel it tends to “gel” in colder temperatures and this can lead to engine malfunction. The EIHS InvenTeam is currently developing “The Slush Buster”, which would be an automated system for regulating fuel viscosity in any diesel vehicle. Our invention would facilitate the use of B100 in any climate, as the current, widespread solution is simply to reduce the blend of biodiesel if the weather gets cold. We hope that our invention can be used by buses in HISD, and eventually vehicles in all parts of the country!