WHAT IS CRADLE TO CRADLE
Cradle to cradle is what us humans do to our resources and our technology. Currently, we acquire a material, make something out of it, then dispose of it by putting it in a wasteland. An example would be with plastic. Plastic is one of the things that us humans dispose of in the wrong place, the most. We take plastic, turn it into toys, water bottles, bags, and other small little things. Then, we use them. We use them for a couple of times until we don't need or want them anymore. Finally, we throw them into a garbage bag which gets dropped off at a Garbage center, then we take them to wastelands. I remember one time when I was driving down to Florida, I was in Pennsylvania and I saw these HUGE piles of trash and next to them was a digger. The digger by itself was huge but compared to the piles of trash, pfft it was nothing. I thought to myself "What a shame, all of this beautiful nature and this is what we do to it?". If us humans would comprehend and apply cradle to cradle to our every day lives, then a lot of this trash would be gone. Some people when they drink Coca Cola or Sprite or Fanta, throw the aluminum can into the garbage. That is a huge waste of metal that we take for granted. Instead, if we applied cradle to cradle, we would collect it and take it to a recycling center, or someone we know that collects scrap metal. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you reuse/renew it, there will be less waste. Lots of the resources that we are consuming at a fast rate, are non-renewable or they take a very long time to replenish, and so what we're doing is we're draining our resources, just to make a little square that connects us virtually. There are more than 7 Billion people on this planet. If you took the time to count that out, it would take more than 30 years. If all of us would just learn to Reuse or things. Recycle our papers and other materials, then we will reduce the amount of waste.

This has to do with our solar cars because we are going to reuse and recycle our materials that we used. The groups later on will also be reusing our materials.
TEAM WORK
"In Silicon Valley, software engineers are encouraged to work together, in part because studies show that groups tend to innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems."
This shows that since Silicon Valley is a well known and successful place, that people that work together are generally more successful.

Study groups have become a rite of passage at M.B.A programs, a way for students to practice working in teams and a reflection of the increasing demand for employees who can adroitly navigate group dynamics." What this means is that the students actually focus not just on learning and being successful but also being able to cooperate and cope with their partners.

"Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely." This also shows that you don’t have to work at the best place or get the most money, it just matters that you’re doing what you like.

"Studies also show that people working in teams tend to achieve better results and report higher job satisfaction" What this means is that you can be MORE successful and learn more stuff all from working with others, I think that it’s a fair trade off.

"In a 2015 study, executives said that profitability increases when workers are persuaded to collaborate more." What this means is that if you do choose to work in a group, you learn more and faster, and you get more money. It’s a win-win for everyone!

I got all of my quotes from the following site: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/what-google-learned-from-its-quest-to-build-the-perfect-team.html?_r=0&utm_source=Gapingvoid+Daily+Email&utm_campaign=34762a9e07-%231978+%22Everybody+Participates%22+November+15%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c141d052e6-34762a9e07-262159382&mc_cid=34762a9e07&mc_eid=bbb308db6c&referer=https://thonnings.wikispaces.com/7thGradeDailyNotes


HOW DO SOLAR PANELS WORK?
  • What is light? Light is the flow of tiny particles called photons.
  • What are the major physical barriers to using solar cells and modules? Solar energy is unevenly distributed across the planet and inconsistent.
  • What are the major social and political barriers to using solar energy? Capital costs, reliability misconceptions.
  • What are most solar cells made from? Silicon
  • Does an electron have a positive or negative charge? Negative
  • How long can solar cells last? Decades
  • Each individual silicon cell puts out how many volts? 1/2 a volt
  • How efficient are the normal commercial solar cells? Not very efficient.
  • How many people in the world don’t have access to a reliable electric grid? Over a billion people.

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Movie #1
The Movie "Where good ideas come from" is about the following. It's about good ideas and how people come up with them, and what they do with them. It also is about how being patient is a major key in having a good idea. If you're not patient with yourself, it'll be hard to execute a good idea, because you're impatient. As the guy said in the video, some ideas like the Web took lots of years to think of how it will work but, the person who thought of it, was very patient, and he ended up inventing the Web. In my opinion I believe that if you work hard enough and if you work long enough, you can make that idea reality. I also think that you don't need to be a genius to have good ideas. In my opinion you also need to be organized so that you can manage all of the stuff you have going on.

Movie #2
The Movie "What's next in 3D printing" is about how 3D Printing is used for medical use and recreational use. It also talks about how 3D Printing and other manufacturing types related to that, will change the world of manufacturing. 3D Printing is getting cheaper, and more common for people that aren't millionaires. It is starting to become available for anyone who knows how to 3D Print, even kids. People can print houses, food and other things using different materials. I think 3D printing is great, I have used a 3D printer before and it's easier said than done. My experience with 3D printing is when my dad showed me how he designs things in CAD and then makes a prototype of it using a 3D printer. I also have seen how my dad uses the prototypes to make final products.

Movie #3
The movie "Can 100% Renewable Energy Power The World" is about renewable energy, and how we can use it to create power. The TedTalk says that if we keep going at this rate and use fuel, we would run out of fuel in 50 years. Fuel and Coal are limited and we shouldn’t waste them. With renewable energy, we would be using less fuel and coal. The problem with renewable energy is that it’s too expensive. I personally think renewable energy is useful and it will help us use less fuel. I also think that we’re going to use only renewable energy one day. Renewable energy is going to help us out before we run out of fuel and coal.

GRIT
The TedTalk was about how one 7th Grade math teacher discovered how most Students and adults succeed in life, and they all had one thing in common. Grit

What is Grit? Grits is when you persevere or strive for a long period of time to accomplish something that you may be interested in.

My opinion on Grit would be a boy in the lower class of society, striving to be an electrical engineer, while having a not so good education system. He has worked extremely hard to graduate high school and he has gotten a scholarship to The Ohio State University. That is what Grit is. Working hard no matter what life throws at you. Whether it’s at sports or education. You can do anything you can imagine if you have Grit.

I personally have some Grit. When I really put my mind to doing something that I am fascinated in, I get sucked into that world. I start researching things online that are related to it, and what kinds of specific fields there are. For example, I am fascinated by mechanics, neurology, optometry and ophthalmology. I have personally researched how cars work, how airplanes takeoff, how certain mechanisms work. I have also asked about shadowing my optometrist and I have went to my dad’s friend who is a neurologist and studied ophthalmology in college and asked him to teach me about what he does at work. Also, since my dad is a mechanical engineer, he teaches me how things work. Also, ever since I came to the United Stages Of America in 2009, I always watched “How It’s Made”, “Outrageous Acts Of Science” and other Science channel shows. I also used to check out books on airplanes, boats, trains, and cars move and work. I am planning on working to attend The Ohio State University and major in biology and business.