2020(S08) Lecture:week 4

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Week 4 Tuesday

Challenge: Superman vs Batman

Instructions: If you're looking to start a fight on a playground, ask a few of the elementary school kids would win if Superman fought Batman. It would be a close fight, for sure, but there's little agreement about which character would remain after a head to head battle. At your tables you should decide the winner and what powers and properties of that character tipped the balance for your group. Start by considering each hero's

  • mobility
  • fighting abilities
  • fighting style
  • major losses and
  • vulnerabilities.
    You might want to list the strengths and weaknesses of each character or you might want to read up on the histories of the heroes and their battles. After 30 minutes we will reconvene as a class to list the attributes that each table has considered and to tally the Superman vs Batman votes. May the best superhero win.

Follow-up: History of flight

  1. birds inform swarmbots
  2. robotic fly
  3. 777 wing load test
  4. flying dude
  5. Kitty Hawk, NC 100 years later

For next time

Biomimicry Guild

Week 4 Studio

Nip and Tuck

Team's Facebook page here

Part 2:

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Week 4 Thursday

Challenge: Backyard Biology

Cookin' up some DNA in your kitchen

  1. Pour ~20 ml of water into a small white cup
  2. Add 1/4 tsp wheat germ and mix with a coffee stirrer for 3 minutes
  3. Add one glop of liquid soap and mix a little bit every 1 minute for 5 minutes
  4. Add 1/4 tsp meat tenderizer and mix
  5. Add 1/2 tsp baking soda and mix
  6. Allow the slurry to settle and pour some of the top liquid into a clear cup
  7. Dribble some rubbing alcohol down the side of the cup so it sits on top but does not mix with the wheat germ cocktail
  8. Watch what happens at the interface between the wheat germ cocktail and the rubbing alcohol
  9. Try to scoop out some of the goop with a paper clip hook


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