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PHYSICS IB Shoes PROJECT
Transcript of PHYSICS IB Shoes PROJECT
Joseph, Brett, & Tanasha Where is this? Does it matter? Of course it does! Our world is an amazing place, and the mountain as shown here are one of many things that make life so beautfiul. So are our oceans. Our landscapes. The combination of land and water. But what else is just as beautiful as those portrayed above? Human Life Every life needs to be cherished and every life can make a contribution to society.
The most important attribute is in our ability to make things sustainable. Many parts of the world are suffering,
and so every little bit counts. Our basic necessities
in Canada (a first world country) are far beyond the
expectations assumed in third world countries.
We simply live around our belongings, disregarding
the differences between a need and a want. We are called to strive to also make time to serve others and give without expected reciprocation.
We can make a difference, with just small steps at a time. Our basic things are a luxury item in less fortunate countries.
Like our clothing, glasses, water, shelter, schools, etc. Some of our basics are the basic necessesities needed for them to live a healthy life. And one step out of an endless possibility
that we can do, is to design a shoe; the basic
gear needed for a healthy lifestyle. But why are shoes so important? Simply put, they are your single most important piece of gear.
That could be the end of this step, but, that would not explain much of the issue and the context involved. We chose to research
the circumstances and
surroundings in East Timor,
a country that has suffered
over the years. This is East Timor, highlighted in red on the map, exclave on the
Northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. There are several key factors in
making shoes more widely available to all
of the less fortunate countries: Humanitarian Reasons Environmental Benefits 1 2 3 Village women & children need a good pair of shoes to perform their daily challenges. Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. They can walk for kilometers to get food, water, shelter and medical help. A good pair of shoes will protect our feet from scrapes, cuts, and contaminants that lead to potentially serious health issues Over 300 million children world-wide have never had one pair of shoes. 1 2 3 Cuts down the amount of discarded material that end up in the landfill which in the process releases many toxic chemicals into the environment. Promotes 3 Principles: Recycling, Reusing, and Reducing. Builds community awareness about sustainability issues and teaches individual social responsibility. Sustainable Group 4 Flag of East Timor East Timor is located near the equator. This position tells us a lot about the East Timor weather. It clearly shows that the climate here is hot.
Though, Monsoon rain falls here between December and March. When the rainy season is over, the temperature rises dramatically. The humidity, therefore, increases as well.
The average temperature of the place is between 30° to 34° C.
The land area is relatively smooth, given the areas accessed by the people of Timor. The geographical location gives an opportunity for East Timor to access
an abundant amount of materials necessary for creating shoes, such as
imported materials from China and other surrounding countries. East Timor Agriculture East Timor Agriculture provides livelihood to the majority of its people. East Timor Agriculture generates revenue for the country. People of East Timor manage to cultivate crops with great effort. These crops are known as staple crops which are:
* Sweet Potato
* Beans eople manage to cultivate crops with great effort. These crops are known as staple crops which are:
* Sweet Potato
* Beans The information provided gives us a much greater understanding for a design perspective. These are the main factors that are necessary: - Lightweight
- Breathable Material
- Widely Available
- Easy to use
- Safe to use
- Thick sole
- Water-proof With these in mind, we can now decide on the materials. Coconut is a copious crop within East Timor. Coconuts are known for their strong fibers, which make it the perfect choice of natural material needed for a shoe.
These coconut fibers are known as 'Coir', which is found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat. Coir has been used extensively throughout the world for doormats, ropes, nets, brushes, and mattresses.
What makes it a near perfect substitute is that it is relatively water-proof and is one of the few natural fibres resistant to damage by salt water. Old tires are useless when discarded. This makes it another perfect material for our shoes. It is light, strong, durable, and promotes the 3 principles; reduce, reuse, and recycle. Tires can be had from any where in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. Old Tires ... Can be turned into soles With just with these two materials, we can create a shoe
that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
They can get a large sum of soles from a single tire, and
the coir can be attached to the sole as a protection against
any harsh elements. In the end, these two materials provide
protection, with little to no cost. Possible Ideas
Soles are to be cut from the tires, leaving excess ears to provide holes and support for the coir materials. (As shown below) Thereafter, one can begin a rope-like configuration to be put through the holes. The design
can be purely subjective with an open or closed concept; sandles or shoes in mind.
This allows the creative mind to unfold by dyeing the coir and factor in needs of different periods of the year. Open Concept Closed Concept That is all necessary for the creation of a shoe! The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small. - Adlai E. Stevenson The discipline of writing something down is the first step
toward making it happen. - Lee Iacocca The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first
step in repairing our loss. - Thomas Kempis Faith is taking the first step even when you
don't see the whole staircase. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
A step forward Thanks for viewing our presentation.
We hoped you enjoyed it. Sources:
- coir, East Timor, coconut, natural fiber, rubber, elasticity,
bio, chem, physics,
http://www.madsci.org/ Connections to Science Physics:
The material used in our shoes allow flexibility, grip on various terrain,
and shape of the wheel follows the curve of the foot. Due to the shape,
the weight is dispersed evenly on the sole, resulting in less strain.
The material used in our shoes are water-proof and the coir is breathable,
preventing the growth of bacteria. Materials used are both organic and
inorganic. The chemical composition of the coir are made of cellulose. What saves a life is to take a step.
Then another step. Biology:
The materials were available from nearby or local natural environments.
The elasticity and water-proof properties were fit for the weather in our