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Virtual Sustainable Energy Science Lab

Second Life is an online virtual world visited by over a million people, including many educators. Two characters who work in this virtual world, Solar Sierra and Windy Schor, represent, build virtual objects that demonstrate real-life technologies, and hold meetings and discussions between educators and interested people.

Windy uses the somewhat realistic wind that blows through Second Life regions to develop methods for gathering statistics about wind, and for modeling wind power systems.

Solar builds models of solar cookers, heliostats, daylighting, and photovoltaic systems. Solar gives workshops on making and cooking with solar cookers.

Windy and Solar look at ways scripting objects in Second Life models the way light, wind, and water work for us, and how data-visualization exposes the ways experts and the public can analyze these resources and turn understanding into fun and practical technologies from power to cooking to art to architecture.

Windy and Solar hope to offer's Green Dollhouse Challenge in Second Life. The Green Dollhouse Challenge is an event where a jury of building professionals and educators judge models of sustainable buildings on their merits rather than competitively.

Windy and Solar offer a tour of our Sustainable Energy Science Lab in Second Life on Etopia Island.

You can also visit anytime—It's open 24-7-365.25!

You can read about Windy and Solar's adventures in our newsletter.

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Educational uses of data for on-site renewables
Lists equipment, data tools, examples, activities, and resources for students and teachers looking into producing renewable energy on site. Author:Shawn Reeves.

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Fall 2008 Newsletter

File: 2008-11ETONews.pdf