Lab Modules Taught in D-Lab I and D-Lab II

CHARCOAL AND COOKING LAB

Objective:

Students will form and bake charcoal briquettes made from carbonized agricultural waste and a binder material, then measure cooking efficiency and emissions.

Equipment:

Hacksaw, hammer, drill, oven, stove, charcoal press (optional)

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WINDBELT LAB

Objective:

Each group will build and test a WindbeltTM aeroelastic wind generator to understand how generators convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and learn basic techniques, including use of drilling and cutting fixtures in the process.

Equipment:

Hacksaw, jigsaw, drill, wire cutters, razor blades, wrenches, and jig.

 

DRIP IRRIGATION AND PUMPING LAB

Objective:

Lab will deploy and configure a low-cost drip irrigation system over a small area of agricultural land and measure flows, minimum head, etc.

Equipment:

Flow measuring devices, scissors, agricultural land, trowel.

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OFF-GRID LIGHTING LAB

Objective:

Each group will test a variety of lighting systems to understand their quantitative and qualitative effectiveness, experiement with a solar panel, and learn the effects of energy conversion on efficiency.

Equipment:

Multimetere, lux meter, solar panel, power inverter, car battery.

 

Lighting options for developing countries

BATTERY LAB

Objective:

Each group will build and test an aluminum air battery to understand battery chemistry and how to measure energy and power output from a battery.

Equipment:

Multimeter, utility knife, wire cutter, demonstration devices (e.g., LED light or radio).