After our cultural exhibition, we spent a few weeks researching, experimenting, and redefining our idea. We're now going away for spring break and we have a week to clear our heads. When we return, we're going to get in contact with some engineers from the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas University and set up meetings. We're going to do a better, hopefully more successful Ferrofluid experiment, and solidify aspects of project to prepare for our final presentation.
We're Team Trill. (Left to right: Ari Holmberg, Alex Kustritz, Valkyrie Muscovitz) We're all seniors in high school and we attend Perpich Center for Arts Education. Perpich is a focus school, we have academic classes in the morning and art classes from 1-4pm. Our area of focus is ArtScience. It's a design and engineering course, part of an international program that competes yearly for the chance to attend a workshop in Paris. We are given a topic every year with the question,"How can we make the world a better place?" This year's topic is Energy. We receive seed ideas at the beginning of the year, form the groups we will work with for the remainder of the year, and spend time brainstorming and developing an innovative idea. After we decide what our project for the year is going to be, we spend the next several months researching, contacting mentors and specialists, and getting feedback from the public to further our idea. At the end of the year we present our idea to judges from the ArtScience program and they choose one group to attend a workshop in Paris.
The project our group is working on this year is a spherical personal transportation vehicle powered by magnetic electricity. It rolls like a ball instead of using wheels like most vehicles. There are two spheres, one inside of another, so the inner sphere stays stationary and the outer sphere spins. It's a personal transportation vehicle, meaning it's only made for one passenger. It's intended mainly for intercity travel, such as commuting to and from work.