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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:25am - 9:50am
UNC Asheville Charging Station (Montañas Del Sol)

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The workload that many students undertake prevents them from getting outside into the sunlight and fresh air. Laptops tether students to an electrical outlet because technology is required to complete most homework. This means studying outside is rare and short lived. In 2014, the American Psychological Association reported an approximated one half of college students suffered from anxiety and roughly one third from depression[2]. These percentages have risen steadily since 2010, as have the number of college students who have considered suicide. Stress and depression can decrease with an increase of fresh air and sunlight, thus increasing Vitamin D. Studies have shown that Vitamin D can help lessen the feeling of depression, and some suggest that sunlight can even increase cognitive thought[1]. Getting outside and into the sunlight is proving to be a real need for college students. Taking all of this into consideration, we have designed and developed a scaled solar-powered mobile charging station that creates a way for students to be productive outside while receiving the benefits of sunlight and fresh air. The project provides a power source for laptops and phones and combines design with engineering. Artistic form coupled with well-engineered function and sustainability provide a stress-reducing environment in which technology-bound students can work.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:25am - 9:50am PDT
417 Mountain View Room, Wilma Sherrill Center

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