What is Cradle to Cradle:
Summary: Cradle to Cradle explains how humans dispose of waste in areas that aren't meant to hold our waste. This commonly includes lakes in which chemicals are dumped. Cradle to Cradle is the method of reusing our waste so we stop polluting our earth and stop abusing it. People don't realize that our earth will soon run out of resources we use and there will be no getting them back, so if we repurpose them we can hold on to these resources longer and make our earth cleaner in the process.

Opinion: I think the Cradle to Cradle method is a method that should of been used a long time ago. This way we could of prevented all the damage that is seen today. At least the Cradle to Cradle method exists so we can work towards a cleaner future.


Team Work
Team work is being able to make mistakes and not being judged. Everyone should be able to hear one another out and if there are mistakes made then the group should learn from those mistakes. Good teamwork also includes organization, people shouldn't fight over roles and should treat each other equally. That doesn't mean when it's time everyone should back down, there still needs to someone willing to lead now and then. Of course another thing that should always be kept in mind is communication. Communication allows ideas to travel and for those ideas to be built upon. Communication can also be bad as it can distract the group, get off topic, or even start arguments. Besides all of that here are somethings I came across:

- "leaders enforced conversational order, and when someone cut off a teammate, group members would politely ask everyone to wait his or her turn."

- "There is no idle chitchat or long debates."
- " members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.’’"
-"they agreed to try harder to notice when someone on the team was feeling excluded or down."
-" He encourages the group to think about the way work and life mesh."



How Solar Panels Work:

Q: What is Light?

A: The flow of tiny particles or photons. Photons are basically little packets of light.


Q: What are the major physical barriers to using solar cells and modules?

A: One major thing is sunlight isn't evenly distributed all across earth. Another limitation is that not all solar panels are efficient, electrons or photons can get lodged completely losing the energy flow.

Q: What are the major social and political barriers to using solar energy?

A: Most businesses want to continue to make money off the non-renewable energy as people have to come back and continuously buy more. These businesses also want to keep up with the status quo.

Q: What are most solar cells made from?

A: Silicon, silicon is a semi-conductor or a metalloid and is also the second most abundant element on earth. Crystal and silicon are pressed together with conductive materials on the outside.

Q: Does and electron have a positive or negative charge?

A: An electron has a negative charge, as proton has a positive charge, and a neutron has a neutral charge.

Q: How long can solar cells last?

A: Electrons are the only moving part in a solar panel and those electrons all go back from once they came allowing the renewable factor of the energy to be possible. Due to this solar panels can last for decades.

Q: Each individual cell puts out how many volts?

A: Each cell puts out only half a volt, but if you were to bring several modules together you could get more energy.

Q: How efficient are the normal commercial solar cells?

A: The most efficient solar cells convert 46% of available sunlight, while most solar cells only convert 15-20% of the sun's light.

Q: How many people in the world don't have access to a reliable electric grid?

A: Over a billion people don't have access, most of these people in developing countries. Yet most of those countries are sunny which is when solar panels can hopefully come into play.


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Where Good Ideas Come From: Summary
Basically the video develops on the idea that ideas take time. A good idea can be made through incubation (allowing the idea to grow and stay in the back of your head until it's ready to be used). Even through that you would mostly incubate half an idea, which is when communication comes in handy. If you share your idea with others you will get feedback and possibly your other half of the idea. Nowadays people are constantly on the internet which can be a distraction but could also be an amazing tool. If we use it right we can communicate long distances to help more develop an idea. If you have the ambition and determination to do so you can have a great well rounded idea available for your use.

Where Good Ideas Come From: Opinion
I believe that the video had similar views as I do. The creativity for an idea can be a very long process, you could easily get hung up on the first stage of coming up with a raw. half baked idea. I also think that talking through your idea is great for getting input and help. Something else I agree with is the fact that it could take years for an idea to come to life. but of course depending on what it is it could also take a few weeks or even months. The internet can also be an amazing source, but that depends on how a person uses it. I personally use it for a multitude of things like most people do.

What's Next In 3D Printing: Summary
3D printing has now become part of our future. Some people see it as replacing older ways of doing things, others see it as an opportunity to help better our world. Currently 3D printing can help better fitted medical equipment, environmentally friendly engines, space probes, and even device modules, and even personalized nutrition. Like I said before people become scared of the fact that manufacturing companies may go out of business. Although that could be so the 3D printer also bring many new options to our world as we know it.

What's Next In 3D Printing: Opinion
I agree with the TED Talk. Especially when the man said 'honoring our past and manufacturing our future.' I think that the statement is absolutely true, people will never forgot from where we started, or even what inspired our present and future. The other fact is manufacturing our future, this talks about how we are bringing new items and ideas to the table. We are exploring with our modern technology and building something that will outlive us, basically building a better future.


Can 100% Renewable Energy Power the World?: Summary
This idea has been around for decades, we haven't been able to make this idea real because renewable energy is expensive, hard to operate, or isn't very effective. Humans use up energy like no tomorrow, soon enough it will be gone. This is why we need renewable energies. Sadly, there are so many hurdles and hindrances in our way to make this happen. We would need to find a way to have an efficient item that would turn solar energy into chemical energy. Thankfully, people all over the world to help solve these problems and to make this dream into a reality.

Can 100% Renewable Energy Power the World?: Opinion
My opinion on this subject is it's really fascinating. The concept of being able to keep our earth healthy with tons of efficient energy to go around is something mankind could only dream of. My hope is that one day we can actually get to the point where everyone has access to renewable energy, this way we don't have to deprive and frack our planet for materials that won't even last. Although it won't solve all of our environmental issues it will sure have a contribution to having a long lasting planet. Some things that could decrease are earth quakes, global warming, and pollution. When we burn oil and coal that methane goes into our air making it warmer and overall polluting it and when we frack we hurt the surface of our earth causing loose ground and earth quakes more likely.

Ted Talk Summary: Grit
Grit. According to the dictionary that word means "courage and resolve; strength of character". As said by the Ted Talk being successful is not just determined by a person's IQ. It is determined by their strength of character. Their willingness to try and put forth their best effort everyday. The main idea is even if your smart you have to try. You have to show it and have motivation to get anywhere in life. Being smart means nothing if you don't do anything with it. This was proven but how do you get grit? How do you get that strength of character to become better and work hard all the time? Well that is the question that is still at hand. No one knows for sure how to gain work ethic. My opinion on this is that I think that the previous statements are true. You won't get anywhere if you just sit around and give zero effort. You need a push, someone or something that provokes that inner grit. I believe everyone has grit, just some more than others. Everyone has something that pushes them, if they decide to ignore that push or not than that's up to them. I don't think kids need to gain work ethic, I just think they need someone to ignite that little flame. The flame that turns on that work ethic skill. Of course once that flame is turned on the skill of work ethic or grit could be improved. Like everything else practice makes perfect and eventually once that work ethic is improved than you have another motivated student. I personally think that I have grit. I work hard and try to go above and beyond for projects to make sure I get good scores. I sometimes have to make difficult choices that could affect my future. For example, do I want to take French 1 and get high school credits or do I want to still be able to take art and Pre-Engineering. Personally I chose French 1 for the credits. I believe having grit is a very important attribute for any student and even adults to have. Grit gets you somewhere in life, because it's your personal belief saying "you can do this". It's right, I can do this,if I continue to work hard everyday and give in my very best. Then, I will get somewhere. I will do something important. I will, I just will.



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