The Simple Survival Model was near completion when the Spring 2012 Academy session ended. Not much was missing except for some finishing details. Check out the pics below to see the final product!
This is our last work week at the Academy!
Not many photos to share but they are good nonetheless.
Lab days allow for Academy students to delve deeper into earthship systems. We were divided into our six work groups and then assigned different labs on different Friday mornings. There are about 12 of us in each lab.
Solar Power Lab with Sam (March 23, 2012)
Samantha Elliot, solar power guru, taught us the basics of calculating the amount of wattage needed by our future earthships. The math gets a little tricky if you don’t have a calculator handy.
Then she led us through a hands-on tutorial on how to wire a light fixture, a basic skill for anyone working with electricity (solar power or not). Even though we had been divided into smaller lab groups, there were still too many of us in the group. There were questions flying about and not enough tools to go around. Some of the group members had wiring experience and some of us had no idea where to start.
I learned a few things but didn’t become proficient in anything. In my opinion, the labs should include a smaller group of people and should be an all-day event. Nonetheless, I had fun and look forward to learning more.
Water Organizing Module with Lou (April 6, 2012)
Lou taught us more about the plumbing aspect of earthships, including the super awesome Water Organizing Module (WOM).