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Related Link: MSTE Friday Lunch Series

Join us this Friday, April 14th, to hear Andy Robinson present "Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0".

About the Talk: Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 is a community-wide residential and commercial discount program for solar. Offered by the City of Urbana and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Champaign County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever.

The first step to participating in Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 is to attend a free Solar Power Hour and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business or farm. This one-hour presentation discusses solar market trends, describes the basic components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, outlines the process for installing solar PV, introduces incentive options and economic benefits, and outlines next steps for participating in the Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 group buy. More information at the Solar Urbana-Champaign website.

Topic: Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0

When: Friday, April 14th, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!


Related Link: LIGO Detection

Kai Staats, filmmaker and Visiting Scientist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will give his talk "Making Movies about Making History: A Non-linear Journey from LEGO to LIGO". His talk will be about his work on HPC, LIGO science, and filmmaking.

On September 14, 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – generated by the merger of two massive black holes over one billion light years from Earth. This discovery is the culmination of decades of instrument research and development through a world-wide collaboration of more than one thousand researchers and scientists. It proves a prediction made by Einstein 100 years ago, is the first direct observation of black holes, and the beginning of a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.

When: Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Where: NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark St, Room 1040, Urbana

For more information, watch LIGO Detection, a short documentary film by Kai Staats, or visit Kai Staats website.


Related Link: New board game educates students about pipeline network

Jana Sebestik and Elliot Schultz, two members of the MSTE office, have created a board game to help the public – K-12 students in particular – better understand America’s pipeline system. The game was debuted at the 2017 Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) Industry Workshop that took place in Tempe, Arizona from March 27-29, 2017.

The board game takes a player along a path through the United States, similar to the course a pipeline may follow. As users move forward by rolling a die, they will stop on spaces where they can learn more about various components of the oil network, including oil wells, refineries, gas stations, and others.

The back of the game is wired with copper tape and the circuitry connects to a Makey Makey circuit board, which connects the game to the Internet – in this case, to Scratch, a popular visual programming language used for educational purposes. When a game piece lands on a space on the game board that is wired through the Makey Makey circuit board to connect with the software interface, the game piece activates code in Scratch to deliver information – in both audio and visual formats.

The beauty of the game, according to Sebestik, is that it offers students the opportunity to enhance the experience by producing their own code, which can be connected to the online interface.

For more information, read the full article on the Information Trust Institue's website. For more information about the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium, visit the CREDC website.


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