Thursday, May 20, 2010

Working Wednesday

Our team of Engineers with a Mission students has been working very hard to design and construct a small hydro electric generator for the Promise Home orphanage in Honduras. For the last three days we have been chopping, grinding, and welding steel to build the framework for our generator. Promise Home has an exciting array of power tools to help us in the process.

This photo shows the notes from a brainstorming session I had with Lance, Renee, and Diana. I like this picture because it shows my cool boots.

I love the smell of fresh-cut steel in the morning!

This is Ben. When he and I got to fire up this gasoline powered chop saw we nearly had a testosterone overdose.

Diana was the first person to learn how to weld using the arc welder. Go female engineers with power tools! Be empowered!

And here is Rachel welding! She was a natural at the task, but even though she and Diana and I were all welding, we were all very slow because we lacked experience. In the end, we hired a Honduran welder for the day to help us get caught up. But he wasn't as cool as us.

This little sugar pie is Cindi. She is five. I like her.

Lance is grinding some metal parts from which is building a framework for our hydro turbine. Later, he and I went to a local machine shop to have some work done on them. I like having the students take ownership of a sub-project.

William is having a great time and styling in his bandanna. His project for the day is to design and build a steel frame to hold two large drainpipes that will be installed into the dam.

Not shown is the work being done at the river. More pictures of that soon. Oh yes, and we took Renee and Isaac to the hospital with a insect bite infection and upper respiratory infection, respectively. No problema.


mrsmartha said...

I LOVE YOU HONEY!!! I miss your humor! I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your blog when you are gone. :) It fills my heart. I miss you. I miss you. You are a funny funny man. Keep up the great work!!!

Anonymous said...

Diana, you rock!