Even with two fans running on high, the students (and teachers) in the classrooms with windows facing east were still feeling too warm. Taking a design thinking approach to the situation, we first set out to describe and define our problem through the design thinking process.
Finding the information needed to fully understand our problem led us to form a number of additional questions and considerations requiring research and definition:
After some research we learned we were already doing a number of things right:
- Keeping the blinds closed and lights off during the day
-Opening the windows in the early morning when the temperature outside is cooler than the temperature inside
- Keeping the windows closed when the outside temperature begins to rise
From there we began researching how a fan helps us feel more comfortable when temperatures are high. Students learned that fans do not actually lower the temperature in the room, but help us feel cooler. Knowing that we cannot bring any more fans into the classroom and buying an air conditioner was not an option at this time, they set out to collaboratively design a device to cool the room.
The end result was a plan to build our own version of a swamp cooler...Ice in front of a fan. Although it rained the very next day and our classroom was once again cool and comfortable, we now have the ice ready int he freezer for our next hot school day!
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