During my last year in High-School, in engineering, one of the focus of the baccalaureat marking wass a engineering project to developp, study, concretize and realize in groups between 2 and 4 students. This project ends with an oral presentation to a jury. In my case, my project co-workers has been Yoann Fernandes, Alex Roth and Thomas Uhl.
On the one hand, we had the opportunity to expand our traditionnal curse with the Informatique & Sciences du Numérique option, which increased our weekly school schedule by 2 hours of code. Thereby, we were able to learn computering and a language : Python.
The computering test for the Baccalaureate is only composed of an oral examination, during which you have to introduce and explain the most part of a program (very often a game) you've developped during the past year. As a class, we choosed to code our games with Pygame.
During the year, we have to assemble ourselves in small groups of 2 or 3 mates. This squad create a game that have to be a very simple program because of the oral exam duration, only 8 minutes per person. For my part, I worked with Florian Lehmann who has much more concrete computering expertise than me.
Our game is a line-runner-like game. You're a simple character without any peculiar specs or abilities except that he can jump and glide at high speed who stand on a mountain slope. You're skiing faster and faster and you have to jump over the rocks stcuk on the slope, coming likewise faster and faster. The slope is endless and is random-generated. You're score is directly counted as the time you avoid to collide. To sum up, the aim is to reach the furthest point you can.
This is a very simple game, it let me discover the Python and in some ways the object-oriented programming (OOP). In the future, I planned to code it again in other languages to expand and sharp my programming skills. Otherwise, this project is the ignition point of my computering curse, I hold a list of To-Code list that will keep my leisure time busy.
On the other hand, as we are mindful of ecology and renewable energies, we imagined a method to maximize the area of photovoltaic cells on a home, letting the design unharmed.
The installation of photovolaic panels on the roofs is expanding, letting to the owners a feeling of independence.
Sadly, the most part of these panels aren't renewable and we don't know yet how to recycle them : silicium mono- or poly-crystalline (85% of the panels), cadmium telluride (5%)and amorphous sillicium (5%).
Only 5% of the photovoltaic panels are CIGS panels (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenium). These panels have the property to not have any toxic element, while having a renewable rate near from 100%, a better efficiency and a longer life.
Our project is very simple but have the advantage to be original (it has no equivalents yet). We can all see during the summer, the habit to close the shutters to limit the warm of a room when the sun is blinding throw the windows.
Our product would be a ergonomic motorized shutter coupled with flexible (or rigid) CIGS photovoltaic cells who can capture the solar energy during hot days.
A website exclusively dedicated to the project will be upload in a few months. The link will be available here. Stay tuned !