LA Robotics Club Message Board › Energy Literacy 101 @ LAMakerspace
Los Angeles, CA
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Energy production and consumption are at the core of most of our ecological, economic, and geo-political problems. Research has shown that a frighteningly large percentage of Americans are energy illiterate.
The very fact that political action cannot be taken on the simplest measures to curb reckless energy production is indicative of an undereducated and apathetic population.
In this brief introduction we will discuss:
Primary Sources and Sinks (where energy comes from and how we use it).
Just Enough Physics (to understand your electric bill, etc). including the main units of energy measurement.
The Difference between Energy and Power.
Energy Transformation (Converting one form to another, and why electricity is the lingua franca of energy).
Armed with this information we may all become designers, inventors, producers and advocates for innovative energy solutions.
After the talk we will go through a few examples followed by Q&A and discussion.
About the Instructor
Steve Boyer is a designer, inventor, entrepreneur and educator with over 25 years of experience developing technology and creating content for a wide variety of interactive media, including video games and electronic toys. He has served as a software engineer, hardware engineer, designer and producer at top media entertainment companies and has been on the faculty of the finest art, design and technology programs in the US, including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Otis College of Art and Design and The University of California at San Diego. Boyer earned his master’s in architecture at The Southern California Institute of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Music at Northwestern University.
Steve has been teaching Energy Literacy to design students for several years and is passionate about the role of design in energy innovation.