Oil left in the ocean can have detrimental effects on the health of marine life and the overall ecosystem. Currently, there has not been a solidified solution when it comes to effectively cleaning up oil in the ocean. We chose to test the efficacy of a sorbent, tire powder that has oleophilic properties, in cleaning up oil. Multiple trials were run with different amounts of tire powder to determine if the tire powder was absorbing oil. Based on the results we saw an increasing linear relationship between oil absorption and the amount of tire powder used. We also observed a certain amount of water being absorbed by the bag holding the tire powder.
On Tuesday, November 28th, GCI welcomed guest speaker Dr. Kishonna Gray for our GCI Speaker Series. Dr. Gray talked about the research she has done regarding how technology impacts our culture and the world around us. Her talk on Tuesday was centered around disparities in the representation of people of color as well as women,
Brandon Lee is one of the student lab assistants in the GCI Makerspace. He is a Junior studying Computer Engineering and has participated in the Grand Challenges Initiative himself. While the GCI Makerspace has many fantastic tools for students to use for their projects, the 3D printers are used the most often. Since our 3D