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Day 3:

Nichole-
Today while in class I decided to search for "how to make a simple generator to power a hot plate". I thought that this would narrow down the searches and possibly help me find a better idea for a generator.
I first found this website written by someone who actually had to create a generator for a science fair project:
http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/amateur/coilgen.html
Although this specific generator was used to light up a small lightbulb, I think it would work with the hot plate. It looks pretty simple, and it uses resources that we can get and work easily with. It also gives some helpful tips about generators and the key facts you need to know in order to create a successful one. I also think the video of the guy making it will be really helpful if we decide to use this plan because we know how it should look when we create something similar to it.
http://www.discoverthis.com/project-simple-electric-generator.html
This is a step by step construction of the same type of generator.
I then researched "cardboard electric generator".
I found this website: http://www.pkmz.com/uploads/manuals/TheCreativeScienceCentre(Electric%20Generator).pdf
I'm not sure if the hand drill would work very well or if we could even use it, but the site also offers some good explanations about AC and DC power and how generators work. Even if a hand drill cannot be used, I think we could play with this idea and work from it. The more advanced generator found when you scroll down looks a bit complicated, but it looks like it would create a very strong voltage because it is so precise.

Aj-
To start off, I looked up "water powered generator" at youtube.com and I found a video called Micro Hydro: how it works
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4B2gODY3Mk&feature=related
This video showed how micro hydro power works, and shows how it is used to generate city power. There is no speech or sound in the video, but they do use small descriptions of what is happening in the diagram to help you understand. It gives you background info, so I know what to do if we wanted to make our own. Although the electricity used in the diagram is used for city power, i think it can very well be used to heat out hot plate, we just would need to modify it into something that could work in a classroom.
After that video finished, there were a few a few related videos that showed up after, and one of them was called Combined Heat & Power: how it works, and the link to it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXLUoqzlT2k&NR=1
In this video, they use gas, and heat to create electricity. This idea seems a lot more complicated, and we do not have many of the materials to make such an elaborate generator, like the turbines and gases. There is also no sound or speech, but does have writing. This is not the most realistic choice for us to make, but something to consider, and use as help when choosing our final design.
Next, one of our ideas was to use static electricity, so i looked up "electric static generator", and I found this website:
http://www.alaska.net/~natnkell/staticgen.htm
This website showed how to create a static charge that was visible, which I thought was pretty cool. You could see the electricity, sort of like lightening. The description of it seems complicated. They gave examples of what you could use the electricity for, and one of them was an electrostatic motor, which sounds similar to the electromagnetic motor, just creates electricity differently.

Day 2:

Nichole-
The first thing I researched today on google was "do it yourself generators".
I found this website- http://www.squidoo.com/earth_4_energy
It didn't really say too much on how to create generators, it was more for explaining why it is good to use solar and wind generators. This got me thinking that solar and wind generators might be a good thing to look for because I think it could be a practical idea if it is constructed properly.
Since I started thinking about this I decided to look up easy to build solar and wind powered generators. Pretty much everything that came up was about how to power your home with a windmill or solar panel, and since we don't need that high of a voltage I decided to refine my search to be more specific. I googled "how to make a small wind powered generator" and came up with this great site that gives a really simple and effective idea for a generator.
http://www.technologystudent.com/energy1/less7.htm
This website shows an easy to make wind powered generator in motion. This looks like a really simple idea, and it looks more practical than a lot of things I've seen so far. In order for it to create enough energy we would probably have to take it outside and find a way to see if possibly creating larger propellers would create more power. This is definitely something I want to look more into.
After going through some useless websites, I came across this site: http://re-energy.ca/pdf/hydroelectric-generator.pdf
This shows a micro-hydro system. This might be a crazy and unrealistic thing to make, but it sounds and looks like it might really create a lot of power.
Aj-
On google, I looked up "hand powered generator" and i got this website:
http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/technology/human-powered/pedal-power/
It does not give that much scientific information at all, just about how it is related towards bikes, and what they have done to civilization. Although, it does have a helpful diagram that shows how a hand powered generator works. When I first thought of "hand powered generator" i thought of it using gears, but this one in the picture used a belt instead, which would be more realistic and practical for us to make.
From that point, I thought that using a belt on the motor would be a really great idea, so i started to look up more generators that were of that type. The next thing I searched was "belt motor" and came up with this great website:
http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland.com/store/page90.html
It tells you all about the different types of belts you can use to put in a motor, and how they work. One of the ones that i thought could work really well was the lug belt, and it had little teeth in it, so it would mesh together perfectly, with a pulley they would go on the motor. It reminded me more of a gear. This would make our motor more efficient, although the chances of us getting these materials are slim. For more examples of these belt motors, i looked up "belt motor" under images on google, and came up with a picture from this website:
http://www.philohome.com/rubberbelt/rubberbelt.gif
If you ignore all the letters and markings all over it, is makes it a pretty simple thing to do, that we are definately capable of doing.

Day 1:
Nichole-
First I googled "homemade motors" to see examples of how to create a simple motor. I found this youtube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ2HpOAOfbc
It showed a pretty simple looking electric motor that looks like something that we could create. The person who created it also explained what each part of the motor was, so it was helpful to not only see what it looks like but hear what it's made of. I am not sure if this motor would create enough power to make the water boil. It does use two wires though, so I think it would need to be tested to see for sure how it works.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/planet-geek/452307988/
This was another picture of a motor that looked silimar to the one in the video, but it's the picture is much easier to see.

I then found this website:
http://demoroom.physics.ncsu.edu/html/demos/389.html
It's not very descriptive, and it looks pretty complicated. I'm not sure if it's the best plan.

Aj-
On google, I looked up "working motors" to see some different types of motors, and how they work as examples. I came up with this website:
http://scientificsonline.com/product.asp?pn=3052874&bhcd2=1221089175
It is called the world's simplest motor, and it only needs a few materials. The website was not very discriptive of how it works, at all. I think it was more of an advertisment, how it worked was described as "simple physicas" and if you bought it "the workings of the motor become more apperent." Although, it does list many materials that make it work, which could help us figure our how to make our own.

This next one I found by looking up how motors work:
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/motor4.htm
This is my favorite website, because it explains how a motor works, in a clear way, that anyone could understand. First, they use background info, so you understand what things you need to know before you know how a motor works. Then, after they show you how a motor works, you can connect it to the background info, so everything makes more sense. There is also a diagram there to so you can visually understand it too. This website will give us the information we need, in order to make up a working motor that was more original, and that we fully understand, not something we just copied off someone else.

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