The OMEGA system uses natural and artificial bays that are common worldwide and will become more common with sea-level rise. Overall, OMEGA provides food, water, and energy and simultaneously improves the coastal environment by eliminating pollution. It also increases awareness of alternative energy and promotes a sustainable blue-green economy. OMEGA consists of large flexible plastic tubes, called photobioreactors. Floating in seawater, the photobioreactors contain freshwater algae growing on wastewater and concentrated carbon dioxide. These algae are among the fastest growing plants on Earth. If an OMEGA system was used in San Francisco Bay, it would occupy less than 1 percent of the Bay and it would produce at least 2 million gallons of fuel annually or about 20 percent of the diesel San Francisco's fleet of municipal vehicles consume. The water from the algae cultures is not released into the ocean, but further treated with a process developed by NASA for space exploration that makes it clean enough to drink. On the surface, the OMEGA system transforms solar energy into electricity and heat from solar panels and into biofuels from the algae.
There will be a series of classes, lectures, visits to project sites and follow up study materials for students.We will also promote summer and winter camps for primary and middle school children with intensive environmental awareness classes offered.Our first camp was successfully concluded in July 2016.
I will only have one day in the classroom with these students so we will need to work quickly! My idea is to use the melody of a popular song that everyone knows and change the lyrics - I will have some recording equipment with me so by the end of my time with them we should be able to make some recordings. Then I will complete the song and send it back to the class so they can share it with their community!