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Eisco Labs Eco-Structure Building Kit, STEM Challenge

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Worldwide, there is a housing and homelessness crisis, with 100 million people homeless (United Nations, 2005 survey), 1.6 billion living in substandard housing (Habi-tat for Humanity, 2015), 22.5 million as refugees (United Nations, 2016). 550,000 as homeless in U.S. each night (HUD, 2017), and 6 to 10 million in the United States facing severe housing cost burden or are doubled-up living with family or friends (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2016). The challenge to engineers is clear: design safe, affordable housing that is good for the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. This kit allows budding architects and engineers to try their hand at this daunting task using simple materials. The kit is intended for classroom or school-wide STEM challenge competitions, but can also be adapted for home use. Enough materials are provided to allow student teams to build a proto-type as well as a final version. The final version can be put through 2 solar radiation tests (summer inclination and winter inclination), 1 ambient light test, and 2 structural integrity tests (wind and snow). Guide contains a guidelines for a STEM challenge, a Bill of Materials Worksheet, a Judging Rubric, and a Test Result Calculation Sheet.
  • Design and build affordable, energy efficient, clean, safe and structurally sound building models
  • Structural elements include corrugated cardboard and chip board, foam pads for insulation, Cello sheets for window material, and a full roll of masking tape
  • Set also includes thermometer to test structure insulation and summer/winter solar resilience/usage, and a photocell with leads to measure the amount of natural light
  • Enough materials are included to build both a prototype and final version
  • Guide includes Bill of Materials Worksheet, Judging Rubric, and Test Result Calculation Sheet