Event Title

Solar Powered Sculpture: Student-Artist Collaboration

Mentor 1

Brian Armstrong

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

29-4-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

29-4-2016 3:30 PM

Description

This is a collaborative project between a local artist and a UWM engineering student. The primary intent was design, test, and fabricate a sculpture completely dependent on solar energy, with the guidance of a UWM Engineering faculty member. Solar data was collected over the course of several weeks to determine the size and performance constraints of the system. Meanwhile, the electronic design and system programming was developed. The inherent demands of an outdoor structure provided the unique challenge of designing for longevity and for little to no maintenance. After multiple iterations of design, we were able to arrive at a solution that is efficient, durable, and modular. This project has served as a starting point for various solar powered artistic displays. With a modular design, similar sculptures of various scale can be produced with ease. Meanwhile this project has provided an invaluable hands-on learning experience in the field of electrical engineering.

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Apr 29th, 1:30 PM Apr 29th, 3:30 PM

Solar Powered Sculpture: Student-Artist Collaboration

Union Wisconsin Room

This is a collaborative project between a local artist and a UWM engineering student. The primary intent was design, test, and fabricate a sculpture completely dependent on solar energy, with the guidance of a UWM Engineering faculty member. Solar data was collected over the course of several weeks to determine the size and performance constraints of the system. Meanwhile, the electronic design and system programming was developed. The inherent demands of an outdoor structure provided the unique challenge of designing for longevity and for little to no maintenance. After multiple iterations of design, we were able to arrive at a solution that is efficient, durable, and modular. This project has served as a starting point for various solar powered artistic displays. With a modular design, similar sculptures of various scale can be produced with ease. Meanwhile this project has provided an invaluable hands-on learning experience in the field of electrical engineering.