25 March 2015

Support AguaClara and help create a new lab space!

This summer Cornell AguaClara will be moving all of our project teams into the project lab space in the basement of Hollister Hall. This is an exciting opportunity for us. We are currently 60 students spread across 5 lab spaces on 2 floors. In this new lab, we will be in one contiguous space and sharing ideas (and tools and lab supplies) between teams will be easier than ever. The new lab will have space for 15 new workstations.

Donate today to make this new lab a reality! (Select other and designate AguaClara!)

Project lab space showing our planned new Lab Workstations.
AguaClara project teams are creating new solutions that provide safe drinking water on tap. The 12th AguaClara water treatment plant is under construction in San Matias, Honduras, a pilot scale foam filter is being tested in a village in the mountains above Tegucigalpa, and stacked rapid sand filters are being tested in two villages in Jharkhand, India. Our globally engaged work relies on the Cornell student project teams that are inventing the technologies. Our partners, Agua Para el Pueblo and AguaClara LLC, are deploying those technologies in communities on two continents. It begins with AguaClara supporters who donate to make it possible!

The AguaClara project teams are an amazing educational experience. The best way to learn how to be an engineer is to do some real engineering. Student teams Research, Invent, Design and then Engage with our partner organizations. Cornell students are taking full advantage of this opportunity to learn and to change the world. 
"The best part of this course is that we are able to make it our own, and guide our learning towards research that interests us (within the broader, common goals of each subteam, of course). I have never taken a course that has allowed me this much freedom, and it has really challenged and excited me to go to the lab each day. Plus, there's nothing like a real world application of your work as a motivator." - midterm feedback from a current student
"This course is awesome and has significantly improved my skills and qualifications as an engineer. It is perhaps one of the best courses I have taken at Cornell. I have learned so much about working in groups, designing experiments, being accountable for work, etc. This class deserves all of the praise in the world." - midterm feedback from a current student
We've been designing mobile lab workstations for the new laboratory. The lab stations will enable computer controlled experiments in a wet environment. Those of you who have worked in the AguaClara labs know that sometimes the agua doesn't go where we want it to go. The new lab workstations will have work surfaces connected to a drain. All electronic equipment will be kept off of the workbench surface on a customized shelf system. The shelves will hold the experimental apparatus, including the computer controlled pumps and meters. The stations will be mobile, so we can easily reconfigure the lab space to accommodate pilot scale testing or apparatus that doesn't fit on one workstation. These workstations are designed to make the AguaClara RIDE more efficient and even more fun for students.
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Lab workstation. We will be adding a shelf system
 for pumps, meters, and computers.

Donate today! (Select other and designate AguaClara!)
  • $45,000 provides 15 Lab Workstations for all of the AguaClara project teams
  • $3000 provides a complete Lab Workstation for one AguaClara project team
  • $500 provides a stand up, adjustable-height computer station for a Workstation
  • $300 provides the customized shelf system built using 80/20.
  • $100 provides a lab stool

Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place!