Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Teaching Engineering, Teamwork & Tolerance by Bringing Multi-discipline, Multicultural Students Together via a Project of Common Interest; Vertical, Hydroponic, Smart Garden With Global and Universal (Space) Applications (Student Poster-Paper)
Motivating, promoting interest in teaching engineering subjects is always a challenge for undergraduate engineering students especially for junior and lower level students. This approach also brought social awareness to members of the group, as well as tolerance and responsibility. It also emphasized to the students a tolerant and an open-minded world, now and forevermore. A group of multinational, multicultural undergraduate students at XXXXXXXX college, majoring in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer engineering are working on a project involving vertical farming, hydroponic watering, and making the plant growing process smart.
Food and its availability is of major concern in all nations, especially the underdeveloped communities. Students get exposed to different engineering disciplines, and learn how to work in a multicultural team and become socially responsible in an ever increasing connected world. Each student also becomes a teacher to other students at times discussing his specialty and field of engineering. To grow a vertical farm sound structures hold multiple growing pots for plants one on top of another. A hydroponic method is utilized to water plants and provide plants with the necessary nutrients. That is; water is funneled through pipes in order to deliver water and nutrients directly to the plants, where the plants then utilize the water to obtain the nutrients to grow. Nutrients can also be provided via certain biological living organs and /or fish in the tank.
The growing process is digitized/made smart by incorporating multiple sensors to monitor every aspect of the plant’s growth, as well as control the entire environment under which the plant is growing. All of these techniques are implemented to battle the challenges that the world is currently facing. Less land becomes available to farms with a growing population, water scarcity, people moving to cities, and therefore more large/larger cities and increasing apartment living. This problem is solved by vertical farming. A lot of water is presently used to grow food, and not all soil, or environments are fit for growing certain crops, or in some cases any crops at all.
A hydroponic system solves / removes the need for a mass consumption of water, and or the need for a specific soil. An indoor smart system where the environment is controlled means that any crop can grow anywhere and is not constrained to a particular region for growing. Educating and teaching some of the population in third world communities would definitely have a positive impact on those people. In brief the study will address; 1. What: (Multinational Student Project, Vertical Garden, Hydroponic, Smart (Digital & Automated). 2. How: (Vertical structures, Water Tank, Irrigation System to each tank, Sensors and robots, Controlled environment) 3. Why: (Less land, Vertical), No soil (Hydroponic), Less water (Hydroponic), No pesticides (Smart), Higher food yield per crop (Smart), Year round food yield (Smart), Yield even outside of native environment (Smart), Global and Universal Applications, Faster food yield (Smart), Higher food quality (Smart).
Ruiz-Carpio, M. R., & Safai, C., & Djobo, A., & Gaichuk, I., & Safai, N. M. (2018, June), Board 107:Teaching Engineering, Teamwork, and Tolerance by Bringing Multi-discipline, Multicultural Students Together via a Project of Common Interest; Vertical, Hydroponic, Smart Garden With Global and Universal (Space) Applications (Student Poster-Paper Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29870
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