Energy and Power – Lectures and Activity 2

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Note: All of this is also outlined in the Course Schedule. Here I provide more detail. Be aware of the individual and group work days 2.27 – 3.2 as well as Quiz 3 on 2.27 (Chapters 8 and 9).

Friday 2.17 – In-Class Video: The Shareable Future of Cities

In class on Friday 2.17, we’ll watch and briefly discuss the TED talk, Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities (you can view the full transcript via the link — click on the interactive transcript button). While watching the video, I invite you to livetweet your impressions to #stem110t on Twitter.

We’ll then move through the following slides on the basic concepts of Energy and Power (ODU Google login req’d). These aren’t in your textbook (nor will they be on the next quiz), but they will be important foundational concepts.

Individual Blog Post: “The Shareable Future of Cities” – Activity 2 (20 points)

Publish on your own blog by Monday 2.20 at 11.55pm

While watching the video (and you can work on this over the weekend), compose a new blog post entry titled,

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Assignment 3: Alternate Technologies

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Assignment 3 is due March 1 by 11:55pm

This is an individual assignment worth 100 points. You may of course share ideas with your group members and other classmates, but ultimately, you are responsible for publishing to your individual blog a new post with the following elements:

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How Beer Saved the World – Tech Transfer Recaps from Emily and Sarah


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For a great recap of today’s video and the Where Good Ideas Come From TED talk, see Emily’s latest blog post —  which she composed during this morning’s class, nonetheless!

How Beer Saved the World

Also see Sarah’s blog post (from the afternoon section) in which she offers an on-point reflection of the readings including “appropriate technology” – recall the concern about working conditions in maquiladoras.

I welcome everyone to share your thoughts about the video today and connections you made with the readings on technology transfer.

Lecture Materials for Friday Jan 20

As stated in the schedule, please make sure that you view all of the following short videos BEFORE class on Friday. I will have a few discussion prompts for you to respond to during class.

View Tim Brown on Change by Design (2:30) video (below)

view How to Avoid Useless Innovation and Solve Human Problems (02:19) video (new window)

view Driving Effective Social Innovation –  Tapping the Cognitive Surplus (03:24) (new window)

Also, remember your abstracts this weekend (view guidelines):

Abstract 1:  Select one article from the list of additional readings at the end of chapters 11, 12, or 13 and publish the abstract as a new blog post (include tag stem110t) by 1.22.