KIDS: CWSE Report 3

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Children's World Summit for the Environment


Koby's Report #3 - Earthquake

Before attending the summit, our S.O.A.P. group decided to do a little more sight seeing.  One place we went was the National Museum of Science and Innovation. 

The first floor was dedicated to the environment.  One room was half filled by 4 small {S.O.A.P. group before the earthquake.} sections of a house.  Each section was designed for a different season.  The section for winter was the one that interested me most.  The roof was covered in thick windows with a few scattered solar panels.  The glass created the green house effect.  Solar panels were added for extra electricity needs.  Beneath the floor was a layer of rocks.  Most rocks absorb heat well and can store it for long periods of time.  On top of that was a layer of plastic water bottles filled with water.  From this, I learned that water also holds heat well.  It was also a good way to recycle plastic bottles. 

I found this interesting because it was unusually creative.  The houses for other seasons didn't take as much creativity.  They were mostly about ventilation and reflecting sunlight through a house.  I had already seen the methods they used and most of them were more obvious. 

After looking at the house, I glanced up at a huge ball of green and blue hanging from a tall ceiling.  It was a model of the earth made of small L.E.D.s.  The lights changed color to create the illusion that the planet was spinning.  It showed satellite images of the weather from the day before.  I was in awe!  I had to force myself to move to the next section.

I don't know about the rest of my group, but the part of the museum that I enjoyed the most {S.O.A.P group after the earthquake.} was the robotics floor.  This was also where we experienced one of the most exciting events of the trip.  After looking at and talking to ASIME (Honda's new humanoid robot) I went to a station where I could control a robot with my voice.  I spoke through a microphone to move his mouth and show expressions. As Ms. Blanchette was recording me with her video camera, the floor began to move beneath the stool I was sitting on.  As more time went on, the floor moved faster and harder.  There was a great rushing noise as the ceiling shook in the opposite direction of the ground.  People screamed and ran.  Some fell on their knees as their feet were shaken from beneath them.  I thought the giant globe had fallen!  Then it was suddenly silent.  It was ten seconds of pure confusion.  It took minutes to realize what had happened.  An earthquake!  We later found out that it was a 6 on the Richter scale and the strongest earthquake Japan has had since 1992!

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