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Ferro Pedal: Bluetooth Switchable...

A pedal that behaves like a clip-less pedal, and can then be switched to a platform pedal on-the-fly, could prove to be a game-changing tool to mountain bikers across a range of disciplines. Our method of accomplishing this is with a Bluetooth switchable magnetic bicycle pedal.

$1,040 (funded)
$4,500 (goal)
Supermileage Systems Enterprise...

To compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon our team has a 300 Watt motor that we are going to control by way of a brushless DC motor controller. This project is unlike anything this team has previously accomplished and upon success of the project this team will receive high placement at the 2016 Shell...

$5,266 (funded)
$7,500 (goal)
Real-Time Weather Station for...

Weather usually arrives in the Keweenaw from the west, but there are no weather stations along the windward shore of the peninsula to monitor current conditions. To improve our understanding of regional climate conditions, we plan to expand our existing environmental monitoring network.

$100 (funded)
$4,000 (goal)
An Analysis of Leadership Within...

The global environment will continue to experience an increase in political and economic turmoil. This will result in regional instability, failed states, asymmetric conflict, and global terrorism. My research project explores the individual leadership competences of international judges,...

$0 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Take a Closer Look: Super-Lens...

Metamaterials—artificial materials that exhibit physical properties not seen in nature—could make the magical a reality. In the future, with metamaterials, you could make objects levitate with a laser beam, make yourself vanish, or create a super-lens to turn your smartphone into a high-power...

$270 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Can Fruit Fly Pigmentation...

Cancer is caused by genes that were originally "good" genes that have turned "bad". Every organism needs these genes to develop from an egg into an adult, but when they mutate, they cause tumor development and growth.

$390 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day:...

The solar disinfection of drinking water (SODIS) method is used to purify drinking water in 24 African, Asian, and Latin American countries. This method is only effective when used on clear water, leaving those with cloudy water at risk for life-threatening disease. Our research aims to find a way...

$390 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Investigating the Sustainability...

This project will improve the sustainability of the ship-recycling industry in Bangladesh, where millions of tons of metal are recovered from hundreds of beached container ships, oil tankers, and cruise liners annually. We will investigate how recycled metal flows through the metal smith community...

$1,850 (funded)
$3,500 (goal)
Project Africa - Education,...

Our team will be focusing on improving the community and quality of life in Ghana and Tanzania. Our biggest focus will be improving the education system in both locations while providing the communities with the necessary resources.

$85 (funded)
$6,000 (goal)
Reducing bird-window collisions...

The Michigan Tech campus is positioned within a major migratory route for many bird species and thus many of these birds are at risk of window collisions with campus buildings. This project creates research and creative opportunities for science and art students on the Michigan Tech campus to help...

$3,045 (funded)
$8,000 (goal)

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