Craig Beaulieu has set a goal for this school year: to wear a different tie dye shirt every day. He’s on target so far. “As teachers, I feel that we teach in Neverland,” he says. “It is the adults that are getting older while all the children remain in the same age range.” He believes teaching helps him stay young at heart and live a fulfilled life. Wearing colorful shirts to school may help, too.
Four students head to the local park to play cards or Bananagrams on their lunch break. For the rest of the day, they sit quietly around a circular table in our Concord, Massachusetts, office, their computers practically touching around the tight space. Some with ear buds in, they are all focused intently on their screens, […]
Fig. 1: Integrated design and simulation in Energy3DIn workplaces, engineering design is supported by contemporary computer-aided design (CAD) tools capable of virtual prototyping — a full-cycle process to explore the structure, function, and cost of a…
Fig. 1: An Energy3D model of the SAS solar farmFig. 2: Daily production data (Credit: Xan Gregg)SAS, a software company based in Cary, NC, is powered by a solar farm consisting of solar panel arrays driven by horizontal single-axis trackers (HSAT) with…
SimBuilding is an interactive, intelligent environment in which learners are immersed in scenarios that mimic situations they would encounter in real workplaces. Personalized tutoring is provided based on analyzing learner behavior.
SmartCAD, a computer-aided design system with embedded computational engines, analyzes student design artifacts on a scientific basis and provides automatic formative feedback in numbers, graphs, and visualizations to guide student design processes on an ongoing basis.
We’re developing sophisticated process analytics to make sense of the large quantity of student data associated with complex, open-ended engineering design tasks.
Schools have plenty of roof space that can be turned into small power plants to provide electricity to students. Many schools have already taken actions. Some teachers even use the subject matter in their teaching. But in most cases, students are not profoundly involved in solarizing their own schools. Fig. 1: Google Map 3D vs. […]
Fig. 1: PS20 field output heat map (June, 22)Fig. 2: PS20 field output heat map (December, 22)Fig. 3: Fermat spiral layout (6/22, Phoenix, AZ)In an earlier article, I have discussed the concepts and issues (shadowing, blocking, cosine efficiency, etc.) related to the design of heliostat layouts for concentrated solar power (CSP) tower stations. I also […]
Fig. 1: Visualizing shadowing lossAs a one-stop-shop for solar solutions, Energy3D supports the design of concentrated solar power (CSP) stations. Although the main competitor of the CSP technology, the photovoltaic (PV) power stations, have become dominant in recent years due to the plummet of PV panel price, CSP has its own advantages and potential, especially […]