June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.489.1 - 24.489.7
Engaging students in the complex issues surrounding data center thermal management As has been widely reported, data centers consume in excess of 2% of the electricityproduced annually in the United States. This, coupled with diminishing access to fossil fuels,provides scientists and engineers of this generation and the next with the challenge of makingbetter use of available energy. This paper provides the foundation for a project-based learning module that will beimplemented this coming spring for 200 ninth-grade students at the Downingtown S.T.E.M.Academy. The project will focus on educating students about the function of the data center intheir everyday lives and the energy consumption issues that are central to the design of the nextgeneration of data centers. Throughout this learning process students will be asked to researchand develop new and innovative ways of addressing the issue. Student teams will present their responses to the essential question in progressively moredetailed methods as a means to garner feedback for reflection, revision, and further study. Theculminating submission will be a video documentary developed, filmed, and edited by the team. These presentations will be included in a grade-wide live and online showcase of findings andrecommendations that will enable students to share their findings and recommendations bothlocally and globally. Providing a learning opportunity that focuses on the current data center energy usagechallenge, and the emergent technologies being used to address it, will connect students to adeeper understanding of the inner workings of the data center and its place in modern society.
Daney, E., & Wemhoff, A. P., & Jones, G. F. (2014, June), Engaging Students in the Complex Issues Surrounding Data Center Thermal Management Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20380
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