The data provided below have been collected in support of a semester-long project in either Environmental Technology 2 or Environmental Technology 3 at the Florida A&M University School of Architecture. The project is a mini-case-study assignment titled "Adopt-a-Thing" that asks students to select a device, object, or space condition for extensive study during the semester. In essence the student is to learn as much about that object's function, design, installation, and maintenance as possible during the semester -- and report those findings in case study format. The PBS admonition to "stay curious" aptly describes the intent of this project.

Data measurements are not a mandatory element of the "Adopt-a-Thing" project, but instrumented data collection is promoted as an option that may be exercised by students. Limited equipment resources at this time dictate that measurements be conducted by the course instructor in consultation with the student. What should be measured and how are agreed upon, the measurements are made, and raw data is provided to the student (in the form of Onset Computer Boxcar data plots and data export files in .txt format suitable for import into spreadsheet software).

Believing that the "stay curious" dictum applies to faculty as well as students, I have looked at some of the data collected for various projects and assembled information about the measurements for posterity. Some of the measurements are quite intriguing -- and often raise more questions than are answered. Which is great.

Walter Grondzik, April 2001

Spring 2001      
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Last updated 14 April 2001