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Transcript of Refugee Inquiry
Problems in a Refugee Camp
lack of funds for resources
overcrowding in the camps
not enough aid workers
disease gastrointestinal/ respiratory
governments that don’t ‘do anything’ to welcome refugees
better processing system to bring in new refugees
medics need to be available
registration system needs to be quicker
shelter from sun- dehydration
tents are available but can’t be used because they are too cold
unused facilities- structures weren’t finished
overcrowding of camps
water filtration/ or availability of water
separation of families
safe houses along road are needed
disposal of waste
hygiene- to prevent disease
protection from wild animals/insects
transport of animals that have been ‘left behind’- housing for animals(food/water)
lack of education
lack of recreation and recreational facilities
distribution of food
We thought that our project would be useful if the materials weren't so expensive. The solar panels and filtration system would be too costly, and not feesable in Sudan. If we were to do this project again, we would probably chose a diferent structure that is easier to build in a refugee camp.
All of the groups in our class were paired up with a group in Mrs. Hamilton's that had a similar project. a GoogleHangouts was organised so that we could share our problems, ideas, and plans with.
To be honest, there were a few problems that occured such as the wifi not working, or the person that we were supposed to contact being absent.
Our group wasn't able to connect with the other group for about 20 minutes, but it was really cool when we did connect to share our ideas and hear about theirs.
The Problems We Recognized
Materials we Need
Materials to make real product: Lumber (Anogeissus leiocarpus grows 15-30m tall and has lots of uses), Wooden Posts, PVC pipes, solar panels, water filtration system, power tools to assemble, plywood/chipboard, waterproofing plastic
Materials to make prototype: Cardboard, jinx wood, hot glue, hot glue gun, (½” diameter) 18” of plastic tubing x2-$2.10 each at Home Depot, small electrical equipment (wires, motors, batteries, switches), solar panel print-outs, glue stick
While we were building the structue, we came across a few bumps in the road. One of the main ones was that while we were building the base (which consisted of 30 pieces of 30cm long jinx wood), it kept on falling apart at the slightest of touch. We decide to use it on the bottom as a base so that we wouldn't risk the whole thing falling down.
The purpose of this inquiry was to create sustainable structures that helped the refugees in Sudan in some way.
We found two problems that stood out to us. One was that the sun is really harsh, so everyone is at risk of dehydration, sun burns, skin cancer, etc. and the other was that they don't have access to clean water. We solved these problems by providing a shade source that doubles as a water filtration source that is powered by the solar panels on top of the shelter. There is also a resevoir at the top to collect rain water.
We called our project 'Solar Filtration'. Our structure would offer a shaded space while taking advantage of the harsh sunlight to power a water filtration system. We thought that a good way for the water to be collected was a resevoir on top of the structure. The water would run through the pipes down the side of one of the posts and to the filter. The filter would be powered by the solar panels on top of the structure.
This is us planning out a portion of our structure with jinx wood. We were also hanging out with a group of four girls from Worsley, sharing our plans and problems.
Keep purpose in mind while talking ~ to collaborate (share, compare, discuss, revise and steal) in order to improve our device
Introduce yourself appropriately
Understand/discuss your plan and material ideas
Active listen to the other groups
Keep track of feedback
School rules apply so respect and accountable talk only
We hot-glued all of the jinx wood together to create our structure.
A time lapse of us measuring and gluing the posts and resevoir of our structure.
We cut 8 little trapezoid-shaped pieces of wood to support the legs and keep them straight.
By: Emma, Martine and Nykita
Problems That Occured
Our original structure had a cube made out of jinx wood, but we finished all three without making sure they measured up. We had to take the cube apart, and create a new one so that everything fit.
The base that we had made was constantly breaking because it was only 30 30cm pieces of jinx wood hot glued together. It stayed together when we attatched it to the rest of the structure.
Questions We Asked
1. What kind of wood found in Sudan is common and durable?
Anogeissus leiocarpus grows 15-30m tall and has lots of uses.
2. How harsh is the sunlight? Would it be strong enought to power a water filtration system through solar panels?
There is an average of around 8 hours of sunlight a day, or 240 a month. Yes, that would be enough to power solar panels.
3. How often does it rain in South Sudan?
The rainy season is May to October. They get an average of 5 rainy days a month.
This is the finshed product. We added a box to the side where the water filtration system would go. This structure doesn't actually filter water, nor is it waterproof in any way, so if it was made to scale in a refugee camp, some changes would have to be made to accommodate this.