The ICE-T (Integrating Computational & Experimental Technologies) project will teach students the computer coding language and experimental techniques required to examine the physiology, biochemistry and voltage potential of microbial fuel cells (MFC) made from river sediment. There are two phases to the ICE-T project. Phase one will concentrate on teaching the Python coding language and how to build a small computer called a Raspberry Pi. The second phase of the project will concentrate on the science behind the MFC and how to construct it. Using biosensors, a Raspberry Pi and the programming skills learned in phase 1, students will collect and analyze data from the MFC and then formulate a hypothesis on how to increase the voltage output of the MFC. This innovative project bridges the disciplines of renewable energy research, biological analysis, and computer science into one.
The second round of ICE-T will begin on September 14, 2017.
This program is made possible by Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania