Blue Mountain Academy InvenTeam

Hamburg, PA
LighTelligence: A lighting system to optimize the circadian rhythms

LighTelligence is a lighting system that helps to provide the best type of light waves at specific times during the day for the user. Bright light around 3000 K is used to wake and for most daytime hours. A raspberry pi3 controls the timing system of a yellow and red light to help support melatonin production by blocking most harmful light waves two hours before bedtime.  The system consists of a desk top lamp, an orbital pendant chandelier, and a baseboard night light.


May 21, 2017

This is our last Sunday together as a group and we have been working very hard on finishing up our project. Nigel is almost done with our presentation video and it is looking good. David is almost done programming everything for its best quality. Laurynne and Michael are almost done making the 3D model for both of our projects. We've also worked on finishing our boxes for the bases of the desk lamp. It's time to wrap up and we have less than a month until EurekaFest!

May 9, 2017

Today we just watched a webinar on what we are to expect and what to bring for MIT. We also have been working on the box to glue together because we used the wrong glue. Nigel has been working on producing a video for MIT to show. We have continued to work on sustainability and we are deciding on whether we should go to MIT a few days earlier or not.

April 23, 2017

Alexa is up and running! It has taken hours of work and technological expertise to make sure that this system started to work. We finally realized that the main issue was the internet connection; because of our school’s Wi-Fi being restricted to certain areas. We are continuing to work on the cases for the overhead lamp and the desktop lamp as well. We would like to have fun at MIT, so, we are raising money by using a go fund me page. If we do get enough money, we will leave a few days earlier so that we can have more fun in Massachusetts. We have also been working on fusing our battery source for our desktop lamp. Eurekafest is June 16, which puts us at 8 weeks to finish our project to be ready for our presentation. So, in conclusion to today’s blog, we have definitely progressed and we are almost ready for Eurekafest.

April 2, 2017

This is our first meeting of April and it’s been a busy day! Our communications team is staying on task with keeping everyone on the web updated. A member on our team has made a poster with a meter to keep us on track for how much money we need to make and how much we have made for MIT. David Masaka and Michael Davis have been testing and fixing the lights on the desk lamp because the yellow light is not working correctly but we have fixed it. We moved on to working on using Alexa as our voice automated system. We are writing letters out and fundraising so we can go to MIT.  For our table at MIT, Victoria Russel, made an outline for the table and it is looking really good. We had a short in our overhead lamp so Illiana Dialectakis and her father, George Dialectakis spent a while working on it and figured out how to fix the lights. Now, we are connecting wires to the overhead lamp to make sure that the whole thing works. Progress is paying off but we will always have work to do and we hope that this month will be productive.

March 27, 2017

A few members of our group met during lunch today and found that we may have a slight issue in our power supply pack that powers the desk lamp. There might be a short but we are definently working on fixing it. A staff member from Andrews University visited us and we showed him what we are working on and told him our purpose and what we hope to achieve  and he was excited and impressed which is a good thing so that shows that we are on track.

March 26, 2017

It is March 26, 2017 and we have six meetings remaining. Which means that the end of our school year is approaching quickly and Eurekafest at MIT is even closer. We have continued to work on our business card and have finally completed it but our only issue is figuring out how to format or add a picture to it. We are still working on hardwiring the desktop as well as the orbital lamp and Jemuel Curameg, Michael Davis, and David Masaka have been working on that. Wenfei Yu has been adding transactions and still sending out receipts for what we used with the grant. We are working on a slide-show/video to show our gradual progress and put everything into one to share with you all. We do have a new member on our Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, her name is Delia Russel, and she is the new communication lead.  This morning, she was reading the handbook and getting used to the feel of things but we are sure that she will make a great addition to our team. Also, gluing the Plexiglas with acrylic glue has been something we have been working on. We, on the communications team, are going to keep working and perfecting our brochure.

March 12, 2017

It is March 12, 2017 and we are definitely in motion. We all met in our separate groups and put our heads together to get working because we are only three months away from the big event, Eurekafest. We had to make a few changes technically. We have been training each other to do different things like work with the financial portion of this project and how to make a sustainability table for our presentations. Creating and sending invites for our presentation has also been an important part in every meeting we have had so far. Inviting our different staff members has also been something we have been working on. We are continuing to wire and rewire different utilities so that they will work at their best ability. Our different prototypes need many parts.  We have been using wood as a factor to use for our different prototypes. Our Social Media team has been working hard to keep everyone updated on Twitter and on our team access blog. Communication is valuable so we have been working on designing business cards and printing them so that the public can call us or communicate with us via email, phone number, etc. March Madness is kicking in but we are making our way through so that we can continue to benefit the community with our project.

February 12, 2017

The month of February has arrived and it is going to be a month of building prototypes and getting work done! We have been working on our overhead lamp and our desk lamp. We have made a few edits, along with getting all the resources we’ll need to make this project the best it could possibly be. Recently, we visited Edinburg Welding and are in partnership with them to gain a base frame for the orbital pendant chandelier, which is the overhead lamp. 

February 3, 2017

All of our planning has paid off!  Just two days ago I stepped into the office at Edinburgh Welding, along with Mrs. Bechtel, to give the measurements for our Common Room Lamp to Mr. Randy.

January 24, 2017

January 22 our team assembled to create a workbench that could be used to assemble the bases of our lights and organize our workspace more efficiently.  Mr. Bechtel came and helped us assemble the bench.  We can now hammer, drill, and saw without touching the lab’s lab tables!