K-12 Education: Designs for RNA and Protein based Catalysts for Solar Energy Production for a Sustainable Future


K-12 Education: Designs for RNA and Protein based Catalysts for Solar Energy Production for a Sustainable Future

The first goal of OuiShare Atlanta (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ouishareatlanta/) is to develop an online course with YouTube videos on the Open-Source online course development program EdX (https://www.edx.org/) for the http://porvir.org/ network using these two game programs for RNA and protein folding. Can you download and start playing these two games and let me know what you think?

RNA folding game:

Protein folding game:

The goal is to build on the lecture I gave to Prof. Van Huyssteen’s class Darwin and Theology. Here is a blog entry that summarizes a little:


Since sustainability ethics are vital to this effort, in the course I will draw heavily from the Australian philosopher Peter Singer of Princeton’s book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty.  It is a 2009 book by him.  In this book, he argues that citizens of affluent nations are behaving immorally if they do not act to end the poverty they know to exist in developing nations.  Vital to this effort is mindful use of fossil fuels and trying to end climate change by evolving technologies, ethical values, and lifestyles that reduce or eradicate reliance on fossil fuels.


Figures from PDB entry 2GDI.   

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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