E-CYCLE @ NYIT

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Creating a "smart" wind turbine to generate power made from recycled electronic parts takes creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
As the world deals with the onslaught of recycled materials- identifying the ones that can actually be reused is crucial. Today, the world produces about 600 billion pounds of plastic with about 20 billion pounds ending up in the ocean.
As the world deals with the onslaught of recycled materials- identifying the ones that can actually be reused is crucial. Today, the world produces about 600 billion pounds of plastic with about 20 billion pounds ending up in the ocean.
Vintage electronics gets a new lease on life as our creative thinkers explore ways to improve our modern world.
Vintage electronics gets a new lease on life as our creative thinkers explore ways to improve our modern world.

On Wednesday, March 6, ten Whitman students traveled to New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to participate in their E-CYCLE program. Dr. Michael Nizich, Professor of Computer Science, invited the Whitman students since there has been a collaboration between NYIT and South Huntington.

The program, funded by a Federal grant, was designed to help students understand the components of computers and related technologies. One of their tasks was to work in teams to deconstruct technologies and create something new from their parts.

During this trip, they were divided into two groups and given old electronic devices to take apart. They determined what parts were reusable and recycled the leftover plastic pieces. The reusable parts were then re-imagined into new environmentally friendly devices. One group created a "smart" wind turbine to generate power and the other group created a robot to find and pick up garbage on a beach. These students showed that thinking outside the box can give new life to "vintage" electronics to improve our modern world.