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BC: Project Innovate’s Intended Timeline August 2011 - Form CmPS team. Brainstorm possible project ideas. September 2011 - Develop an area of concern. Contact the people that are actually in developing countries to weed through project ideas. Decide on our project of choice. Meet with Ms. Prevatte, a former FPSer who has lived with a family for two years in the forests of Costa Rica, concerning developing countries. October 2011 - Reach out to resources both locally and out-of-state. Create a solid schematic of technology that we wish to develop. November 2011 - Keep on the lookout for other technologies. Receive the highest caliber of professional feedback possible on our schematics. Collect materials to begin building a prototype. December 2011 - Complete the creation of our prototype. Contact organizations in developing countries for the adoption of our concept. January 2012 - Explore other technological ideas that are needed by developing countries. February 2012 - Continue to research what technology could be improved or created to help developing countries, and research ways to innovate the technology March 2012 and Beyond - Continue improving the prototype of our technology, work on shipping it to other developed countries in need of the new technology and continue research other technology that could be beneficial to developing countries. We have focused largely on the communication between our group, organizations, engineers, and inventors that sponsor or support innovative engineering projects, have had experience working with technology relating to the methane stove, or have suggestions for the direction of our design and project. After already holding a “design session” of sorts amongst our group to visualize parts of our design and to see if certain aspects of the project are feasible, we are continuously outreaching to various people via email to partner with somebody as a sort of mentor to ease the design process, or just in hopes of gathering ideas. The idea behind focusing so heavily on communication and outreach is to lay a strong groundwork for the prototype design and building. It is imperative when designing something, especially for efficiency and not for enjoyment, that there are no flaws. With a low budget and limited time, it is more important to plan everything rather than trying to figure things out on the spot, if possible. This is why we are still in the prototype design phase of our action plan, and behind on our intended timeline. There is the possibility of this project spanning multiple years, and if it does, we have the right resources, environment, and commitment to do so.

FC: Project Innovate | Members Benjamin Jones Michael Safarty Antonio Holm

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2: Some Facts About the Developing World | According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” | Around 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the bulk of the deficit are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. | Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. | For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are: 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3) 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5) 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)

3: Underlying Problem | People in developing areas of the world experience vastly different lifestyles than people in developed societies, and these differences are often negative. How might we improve the living standards of people in developing countries so that mankind is benefited in 2011 and coming years?

4: Initial Project Brainstorming/ Conceptualization and Research | Meeting with Nikki Prevatte, former FPSer who has firsthand experience in the developing world, discussing developing nations and their values and necessities. | Marketing music of a developing country's citizens using iTunes and finding a family with goals to promote on Kickstarter.com, a website dedicated to promoting and donating to special projects, were among the brainstormed UP solutions

5: Talking with Jose Nunez, marine biologist and Service Learning Coordinator, about our project | Mr. Nunez introduced us to "Appropriate Technology," a concept that would later become very important to the Project.

6: Communication/Outreach | Setting up the meeting with Nikki Prevatte, former FPSer and member of our community. Her two year residence with a family in Costa Rica helped steer us in the direction deciding upon Project Innovate. | At a point in time, we had a lot of thoughts and ideas, but we knew we needed more information. So, we branched out, sent emails, and arranged meetings. | Confirmation email of our meeting with Mr. Nunez.

7: Email exchange with Drop in the Bucket, a philanthropic organization critical to our first technology's implementation.

8: Communications With Drop in the Bucket (cont.)

10: Even more Communications With Drop in the Bucket

12: Communication with Ryan McDermott, student at MIT and former FPSer

13: An exchange of emails with J. Nichols, an engineer who has taken interest in our project | Project Innovate's attempt to partner with Engineers Without Borders | Reaching out to Sustainable Harvest

14: Choosing the Methane Stove After inquiring about technologies that can actually sustain an improvement in the lives of people in developing nations with Drop in the Bucket, we discovered that stoves would impact both the health of citizens and the efficiency in which people can cook and boil water. The stoves were a good choice for our first technology to be innovated for this reason. Methane stoves have been done before, some proving to be successful and some failing. It is challenging to create given the dangers of methane, so our first design session had to be purely design and no actual experimentation since we have not been granted any type of safe workplace. | An example of a pre-existing, locally-created biogas stove.

15: Team Organization | Antonio researches facts, statistics and other information that deals with the challenges and needs of people in developing countries. He also helps with writing and making media, as well as providing a wealth of ideas and content. Ben contacts resources in the community as well as help with writing and research. His forte is science and mathematics, and he contributes and focuses on the actual designing of the technology alongside community resources and the team. Michael provides assistance in all areas of our team. As a previous CmPS’er alongside Ben, and a proficient writer, he helps generate media and documents for the project. His strength in science and his creativity allow him to bring many ideas to the design table.

16: First Design Session | This trash bag was a huge part of the first design session. It was one of the specific materials we asked John Travis of Drop in the Bucket about, after it was suggested by Jose Nuñez, our local service learning director. The trash bag is abundant, transportable, cost-effective, and should do its job capturing the methane gas. We proved that it could contain methane gas at this gathering. The picture to the left shows us filling up the trash bag with air, to find a reasonable amount of inflation.

17: We all met at Ben's house for the design session, and before using the air pump we were instructed on how to use it by our parental supervision, Jami Jones, inventor in his own right and Ben's father. We also got on the same page on a thought for channeling the methane gas into the trash bag before modifying the trash bags.

18: Reflections | Ben - “I am extremely pleased with Project Innovate as it currently stands. While our project has significant room for growth through what will very likely be a multi-year project, the sustainability and effectiveness our plan’s implementation will have on the UP is staggering. I feel like this is an extremely positively-directed project that will yield huge and exponential results in the coming time period.” | Michael - “This project has shown me that our perception of the needs and wants of developing countries is not the same as the actual needs and wants. Our meeting early on in the brainstorming phase with Ms. Prevatte, a woman who has lived with a family in an isolated, Costa Rica rain-forest, planted the seed of this thought in my and my teammates’ heads. Besides changing the direction of our project, I feel that this concept has a lot to do with the Community Problem Solving Process. To me, Community Problem Solving is about creating a measurable, sustainable, and positive change in the world. I see a future with this project, not just a present, and I can see our technology actually being used to change the lives of at least one family or village. Whether we can improve the lives of thousands of people or just a few, we still can cause a positive change that will not leave the lives of these people in developing nations. There were some unforeseeable hindrances with our project in regards to safety precautions, and in our path to finishing the prototype of the methane stove and the path to designing other technologies, I believe that more extensive research will be required so that there will be only foreseeable obstacles. In the future, I think we need to try and contact engineers and innovators sooner than later, to gather opinions with a lot of time to evaluate everything.”

19: Antonio - “I would like to continue to make even more significant progress in reaching our goals. I feel like there is a lot more we can do with this project. Personally, I would like to see if we can spread this project out to the innovation of water purification technology, even if we could simply innovate a system for teaching the locals of an area how to use simple water purifiers. I am still proud of the ideas we have come up with and the progress we have made. I am excited to see how the technology for our current technology, our methane stoves, evolves and improves, and how it will end up benefiting those in third world countries who are in need of assistance. To be able to see the burdens of a people who are constantly forced to work because of their living conditions lifted from their tired shoulders is the true purpose of this project. For the benefit of the common man. To continue raising the living standards of those in third world country in order to make the privileged existence we currently have commonplace for everyone.” | We have the motivation to carry our project out. No matter how long it may take. As Drop in the Bucket said to us via email, “If [Project Innovate] works you will have made a huge difference in tens of thousands of peoples’ lives.” That is our motivation. That is our future.

20: Project Innovate’s Intended Timeline August 2011 - Form CmPS team. Brainstorm possible project ideas. September 2011 - Develop an area of concern. Contact the people that are actually in developing countries to weed through project ideas. Decide on our project of choice. Meet with Ms. Prevatte, a former FPSer who has lived with a family for two years in the forests of Costa Rica, concerning developing countries. October 2011 - Reach out to resources both locally and out-of-state. Create a solid schematic of technology that we wish to develop. November 2011 - Keep on the lookout for other technologies. Receive the highest caliber of professional feedback possible on our schematics. Collect materials to begin building a prototype. December 2011 - Complete the creation of our prototype. Contact organizations in developing countries for the adoption of our concept. January 2012 - Explore other technological ideas that are needed by developing countries. February 2012 - Continue to research what technology could be improved or created to help developing countries, and research ways to innovate the technology March 2012 and Beyond - Continue improving the prototype of our technology, work on shipping it to other developed countries in need of the new technology and continue research other technology that could be beneficial to developing countries. We have focused largely on the communication between our group, organizations, engineers, and inventors that sponsor or support innovative engineering projects, have had experience working with technology relating to the methane stove, or have suggestions for the direction of our design and project. After already holding a “design session” of sorts amongst our group to visualize parts of our design and to see if certain aspects of the project are feasible, we are continuously outreaching to various people via email to partner with somebody as a sort of mentor to ease the design process, or just in hopes of gathering ideas. The idea behind focusing so heavily on communication and outreach is to lay a strong groundwork for the prototype design and building. It is imperative when designing something, especially for efficiency and not for enjoyment, that there are no flaws. With a low budget and limited time, it is more important to plan everything rather than trying to figure things out on the spot, if possible. This is why we are still in the prototype design phase of our action plan, and behind on our intended timeline. There is the possibility of this project spanning multiple years, and if it does, we have the right resources, environment, and commitment to do so.

21: Feedback from CmPS State Judges

22: Future Revisions To improve the scope of our project, we plan to create a website. This website will compile community-scaled problems throughout the world, to promote awareness for various different projects and hopefully attract people to take on these projects as if they were CmPS projects. Our underlying problem may also be altered to suit the health category rather than human services, as focusing on a certain aspect of life in developing countries will allow us to be consistent in both the type of technology produced and the impact of our technology.

24: Palm Coast Service Learning Expo Though we could not be in attendance for this event, our backboard will still be showed at this event with contact information in the event that anybody had taken special interest in our project.

25: Palm Coast Service Learning Expo

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