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What’s a Flash Mob?

Following the Joplin tornado in 2011, Anna Plunkett and Michael Ligibel led the Drury Smart Mob that participated in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Joined by dozens other Drury students, Anna and Michael went to Joplin to support a group of architecture students who had designed and were building a landscape feature in Cunningham Park as a tribute to the…

Student Spotlight: Spreading The Story

by Cody Stepp How does a student share his story? Well for students of the Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon Team it is easier than you might think. As we parted ways for the summer our students went across the country, even the globe. Some returned to small hometowns or big cities, others started new adventures in exciting places through internships and…

Shelter featured in local Pittsburg, Kansas news story

The Shelter3 story continues to spread across the Midwest. KOAM 7, a local TV station in Pittsburg, Kansas, recently published a story on Drury and Crowder’s Solar Decathlon home. The report centers around some of the materials used in construction as well as the goals of the project and some of the hands on learning students are benefiting from. Check out the full…

Team Spotlight: Lukas Kriem and the Appliances Team

By Daniela Carvajal Lukas Kriem, team leader of the appliances contest, has an important job: to find the most efficient appliances for the Solar Decathlon house. The appliances contest is one of 10 contests team Shelter to be judged at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon this year. The team has to find the environmentally efficient appliances that meet…

Drury Students work on design

Crowder-Drury Architecture

The Crowder-Drury Solar team has made it our goal to design a solar-powered, tornado-resistant home that meets need of victims through a quick targeted response, facilitated recovery, and resilient layers of protection. To achieve this goal, our architecture students designed the house so it can be shipped as two modular components. The house is divided into two pieces, one that…

solar road

The World’s First Solar Road Is Producing More Energy Than Expected

Check out this article about a solar road in the Netherlands that is showing some great potential! The World’s First Solar Road Is Producing More Energy Than Expected From: thinkprogress.com – Written by:  KATIE VALENTINE

Engineering on Crowder-Drury House

The Crowder-Drury engineering team established a goal to create a durable, energy efficient home that has the power to withstand high winds while being affordable. A primary design of the home is its ability to respond to a natural disaster quickly enough to save lives. The home can be shipped in by truck and constructed on site; this simple aspect…

Shelter house continues to generate regional buzz

With storm season in full swing in the Ozarks, the Crowder-Drury Shelter home continues to gain regional attention. In April, the team was invited to the Safe and Sound Expo, which was attended by more than 7.500 of people and featured several hundred vendors. Come join us at the @kytv Safe & Sound event to learn more about @CrowderDrurySol! #CrowderDrurySolar pic.twitter.com/0bHUIbRlNB…

Crowder-Drury project to be featured in local newscast

The Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon team will be featured on KY3 News on the Ozarks CW on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9 p.m. KY3 meteorologist Ron Hearst will profile several of the student leaders and mentors involved in the project. The team will also be on-site at the 2015 Safe and Sound Expo at the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds in Springfield, Missouri…

The Home Life Team Demonstrates the Livability of a Solar-Powered Home

By Blake Thomazin & Kayla Nichols When is a House a Home? The Home Life Team Demonstrates the Livability of a Solar-Powered Home During the weeklong Solar Decathlon event in California, teams will have many opportunities to display the living features of their houses, In the Home Life Contest, students must demonstrate that the house is suitable to be a…

Matt Stockstill

Name: Matt Stockstill, Drury University Major: Architecture. Responsibilities: I am the co-project manager for the team and am in charge of assuring that all phases of the project are completed on time by organizing teams and assigning tasks to various persons including myself. Inspirations: My inspirations include multiple professors from Drury University and the fact that my hard work can make a positive…

Alaa AlRadwan

Name: Alaa AlRadwan, Drury University Major: Architecture & Graphic Design Responsibilities: My role is Co-project Manager which means I oversee all the components of the project. I have close relationships with all the students involved and make sure to delegate tasks that fit the students interests. I oversee the contest and all the deliverables, I make sure we meet all the deadlines and ensure that…

Solar Shower raises funds, awareness for ShelterR3 project

Crowder-Drury’s Solar Decathlon team invited students, members of the community and the Drury Women’s Auxiliary to the Hammon’s School of Architecture on Thursday, March 26, 2015, to learn more about the 2015 Solar Decathlon competition and Crowder-Drury’s ShelteR3 project.  The Solar Shower was also a fundraising opportunity for the team and thanks to the generosity of attendees, the team received a $1,500 gift…

Joplin’s State Energy Plan Meeting 2014 and Team ShelteR3

Joplin’s State Energy Plan Meeting 2014 and Team ShelteR3 By Daniela Carvajal   I am part of the Solar Decathlon contest with team Shelter3, and when I found that I could be helpful in a State Energy Plan Meeting in Joplin, I thought it was a worthwhile opportunity to learn and engage more in the project. The day of the…

Burlington: The City that has Managed High Energy Sustainability

Burlington: The City that has Managed High Energy Sustainability by Daniela Carvajal   Burlington, Vermont, is showing us how energy sustainability can change cities. The city has managed to reach a very high sustainability rate on their energy consumption and production by various means of energy production.   According to PBS Newshour, switching from fossil fuel based energy is likely…

Plane Attempting First Solar-Powered Around-The-World Flight Resembles Wright Brothers Design

Two Swiss pilots set off in a solar-powered airplane in an attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Solar Decathlon Team passes design milestones

Drury University and Crowder College continue to make headway on their Solar Decathlon project.

Steve Mullins

Drury Economics Professor Inspired by Solar Decathlon

Solar panels plus EVs equal dollars and sense. Mentors often inspire with guidance and wisdom, but sometimes they can be inspired by those whom they mentor. For Dr. Steve Mullins, Crowder-Drury 2015 Solar Decathlon mentor and professor of economics, this statement could not be more accurate. Since joining the decathlon team as a mentor, student discussions and research on the…

The Solar Decathlon Makes Front Page News

The Solar Decathlon project made front page on the Joplin Globe newspaper. Kyle Clingan, Daniela Carvajal, and Cody Stepp traveled to Joplin, Missouri to share information about our ongoing project to a 60-member committee focused on creating a state-wide energy plan for emergencies. By Wally Kennedy wkennedy@joplinglobe.com Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 8:11 pm Deregulation of electricity and natural gas, and…

Shelter Featured in City Paper

As we develop our Solar Decathlon project our goal is to not only produce an energy efficient home, but to also engage the community and communicate our message. The Drury-Crowder Solar Decathlon team has been featured in an article recently published on the Springfield NewsLeader website. The article describes the Solar Decathlon competition and explains the dynamic partnership between Drury and Crowder,…

Greenbuild 2014

Last week, our students ventured south to the Greenbuild International Expo and Conference. Check out our album on Facebook to see what we did, and check back soon for a video to see how real world professionals responded to our project! Greenbuild 2014

The three R's

The Three R’s

Respond The dimensions of the Shelter home enable the two modular elements to be shipped to the scene of a disaster pre-built, which can be set up quickly. Will require minimal assembly once at destination. Once the home has been assembled at a disaster site, the home will be able to fully function without connecting to a power grid. Recover…

Drury Students work on design

Solar Decathlon

 Welcome from Crowder College and Drury University. You’ve found our website detailing everything you need to know about our joint entry into the 2015 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is an interdisciplinary, elaborate, challenging, and engaging opportunity for college students across the country. In this competition students must design, market, build, and operate a solar powered home. Teams must…