skip page navigationOregon State University

Archives: January, 2015

IME 2015 Teacher’s Workshop Activities  January 29th, 2015

Once again our IME team has created amazing activities for our SMILE Teacher’s Workshop. They have created a great example of what an Industrial Manufacturing Engineer does on their job including optimizing manufacturing processes. Check out their activity below:


2015 Winter Teacher’s Workshop Bioenergy Activities  January 28th, 2015

This Friday, January 30th we will be presenting bioenergy activities at our annual teacher’s workshop. This year we focused on biodegradation and are excited to share with you three different activities. First, in the Packing for the Future activity students will get to compare cornstarch and Styrofoam packing peanuts and decide which is more suitable for their shipping company. Next, in the activity Fork it Over (along with this worksheet), students will get to make their own biodegradable forks while still trying to maintain utensil strength. Last, in our bonus activity Composting–Out of Sight Out of Mind students will get to bury their newly made utensils and other utensils to compare the degradability of each product. If you are able to make it to the workshop you will see this awesome presentation from our bioenergy expert, Brian Hartman. We hope to see you Friday!


Updates from ME team  January 23rd, 2015

This week the ME team was working on a power generator for their project which included a hand crank system.  The team describes their process below:

We started by designing a simple hand-crank and trying to power a 25 watt light bulb with it [photo 1]. We were not generating enough power to light the bulb, so the light bulb just glowed (it didn’t light up fully). We determined that we need to spin the generator faster to get more power, so we went about modifying out crank to include a gear ratio. Adding a gear ratio means that spinning the crank handle one revolution will rotate the generator hub more than one revolution (2.4 revolutions, in this case). The next few photos show our group hard-at-work in the machine shop at OSU: Peter uses the band-saw to cut steel components [photo 2], Sam uses the sand-blaster to clean and texture parts [photo 3], and Ryan welds a shaft onto a sprocket [photo 4]. The new, modified hand crank is complete [photo 5], and our test with a voltmeter is successful [photo 6]! The new design generates about 21 volts, which is a significant improvement over the 12 volts we were able to achieve prior to the modifications. Next, we’ll be conducting more tests and modifications—after all, engineering is an iterative process!

1 2 3 4 5 6

Update: The Scribbler  January 23rd, 2015

Not too long ago we showed you how to make this awesome scribble machine.  The students from Nyssa High School decided to try it out and had a blast! Thank you for sharing Nyssa SMILE Club!

Scribbler1 Scribbler2 Scribbler420150127_093054

2015 ME Team  January 5th, 2015

Peter, Sam, and Ryan make up this year’s Mechanical Engineering Team.  They are excited to introduce themselves and their project.  In this video they discuss the engineering and customer requirements for their project.  Fell free to ask them questions in the comment section below!

2015 IME Engineering Activities  January 5th, 2015

To get you all excited for the IME activities, we wanted you to meet this year’s IME team. Luis, Mohammed, and Pawarit made a video to introduce themselves and the profession of industrial engineering.  Here they are to help clarify what the job entails: