First post: hope floats

25 05 2010

It was a keen and enamoured group of individuals who had assembled yesterday midmorning in the F-sal, all of whom were very excited and eager to get to work on their projects.

And then there was me. In the midst of the commotion following the introductory lecture I found myself wondering if anybody else realised the massive, massive work we all have in front of us. All the more reason to get started.

This blog will cover the work process of me and my group’s 100-point project during “the project period” which is between week 21 in 2010 and week 13 in 2011.

The project:

to build a hovercraft prototype, investigate the environmental friendly option, in means of transportation, by using hovercraft instead of trucks, boats and aeroplanes. If the prototype is deemed successful the model may be applied in larger scale. The target audience is the transportation business, as well as.. all mankind. Just by trying we are helping the development of environmental friendly world of tomorrow. Like Thomas Edison once said:

If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

The rest of the group consists of Jakob Matto and Hjalmar Heimbürger and in case anyone haven’t noticed yet, we’ve decided to do our work in English.  So what have we been doing?

Today we began our first step: research! The trial-and-error method of working is just too time consuming and we also want our project to have meaning and hopefully the final product will be rewarding. Therefore research is paramount and needs to have been thoroughly done before any of the fun can begin.

We’re starting from scratch and are trying to decide why hovercrafts are superior to other means of transportation. What better place to do that than the Vasa museum right here in Stockholm? Ships can be fragile, risky and slow. In some places there’s also the risk of pirates. It was an educating day and we learnt a lot about the pros and cons of transporting goods by ships.

That’s about it for this post but you never know that tomorrow will offer.

Until next time,

Carl

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