1. Sam Storme
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  3. Team Kakashi
  1. Simone Dumas - Gusman
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  3. Team Kakashi
Judges’
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Judges’ Queries and Presenter’s Replies

  • Icon for: Janet Barclay

    Janet Barclay

    Judge
    June 8, 2015 | 10:10 a.m.

    Creative Idea! How many cockroaches do you envision having at one facility and how much electricity would they generate?

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    Sam Storme

    Presenter
    June 11, 2015 | 01:13 a.m.

    We picture a small setup (with about ten enclosures, ≥1000 cockroaches per) to produce aproxametely 958.9 pounds of methane per day, unfortunately we dont know what rate that this would convert into electricity, but we imagine that if that setup could be multiplied in size, it could produce more than enough.

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    Gillian Puttick

    Judge
    June 8, 2015 | 12:20 p.m.

    Nice work building a prototype of the system! Would you be willing to make a guesstimate about the “carbon budget” of your system? CO2 produced by cockroaches? Carbonic acid resulting? Amount absorbed by grass? Net carbon sequestered?

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    Constance Roco

    Judge
    June 8, 2015 | 02:08 p.m.

    Very neat idea! How expensive do you think this operation would be? Would you need a lot of space to do this, for example, could someone living in a city set this up pretty easily?

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    Sam Storme

    Presenter
    June 11, 2015 | 12:59 a.m.

    What we where in visioning was more like a large facility, not ideal for a small home. We think it could turn out to be moderately expensive, but most renewable power is, we hope it will play for itself later on.

  • June 10, 2015 | 04:26 a.m.

    Wonderful infographic in the video!

    How do you think people will react to cockroaches being their source of power? What will the cockroach power plant owners face when they try to set up a facility full of creatures society isn’t fond of?

    Any ideas on how they’ll handle the public relations for convincing people to look beyond the bugs and support the science?

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    Sam Storme

    Presenter
    June 11, 2015 | 01:02 a.m.

    I doubt people would be very pleased know that their power is coming from cockroaches, but We hope that if this does become implemented, that people will just become happy that there is actually enough power being produced.

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    Sam Storme

    Presenter
    June 11, 2015 | 01:17 a.m.

    I hope that people will find this method as “putting them to better use” instead.

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Presentation Discussion
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    Matthew Feng

    June 8, 2015 | 10:36 a.m.

    Firstly, the amount of methane produced by a cockroach a year is 35g. This does not seem to satisfy the demands of the modern world. Secondly, where would these facilities be located? How is carbonic acid beneficial to plants? Isn’t that part of the problem of ocean acidification?

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    Sam Storme

    Presenter
    June 9, 2015 | 01:07 p.m.

    Well, first of all there isn’t going to be only one cockroach, we plan to have many. Secondly, Nuclear Power plants aren’t that pleasing to the eye either, we just think it would be more efficient, but thank you for your input.

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    Callie Cook

    June 8, 2015 | 07:05 p.m.

    Your idea is impressive especially for 8th graders competing against some older kids, including a few high school seniors. If I could give you one piece of advice for the future it would be to make sure to edit your work and remember who you’re writing for. Keeping it professional is key.
    As for the actual content of your project I have a few questions. Who will pay for these facilities to be made? Where will they be located? Can you predict how many facilities will be in the United States in say, 5 or 10 years? How big of an impact can this actually make?

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    Abe Drayton

    Innovate team member
    June 10, 2015 | 12:12 p.m.

    Very cool idea – I’d love to see a prototype in action!

  • Further posting is closed as the competition has ended.