Wind Powered Car
Changing The World, One Blow At A Time
Video starring Mamoudou Bah and Elhadj Bah as they discuss issues caused by the auto industry harming our environment and a solution they’ve created to counter these issues.
Video starring Founder, Mamoudou Bah, describes how the importance of education and the state of the environment motivated him and his cousin, Elhadj Bah, to develop a new eco-friendly vehicle. The video also emphasizes why we, as a humanity, must take a step to protect our environment before it’s too late.
Mamoudou Bah, Founder, Sophomore of Cristo Rey Columbus High School, 4.0 GPA, Fluent in Fulani, Arabic, English, Literate in Arabic, French, English, Plays soccer and basketball, Writes and performs poems, Interned at Jones Schlater Flooring and IGS, Familiar with iMovie, Photoshop, AutoCad, Skills include, Adaptability, Self-motivation, Networking, Cooperation, Creativity, and many more.
Elhadj Bah, Cousin/Co-Founder, Fluent in Fulani,English, Literate in Arabic, Familiar with Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 10, Basic HTML, JAVA, C++, C#, and Eclipse, Experienced in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite, Plays soccer/loves to read manga, Attends Central Ohio Technical College, Anticipated Graduation:2019, Certificate:Associate of Computer Science, Worked as In Home Caregiver and Cashier/Support Staff for Sears, and Interned at Nationwide Mutual Insurance
Mamoudou with sponsored awards at Columbus State Community College. Father, Mamadou Bah, at left. Mother, Oumou Bah, at right.
Mamoudou at District Science Fair with Poster, 62-Page science report, science notebook, and diagrams behind. Professional Work-Study Program Coordinator, Caroline Blosser, far left. Honors Chemistry Teacher, Julianne Corroto, right. College Counselor, Binh Huyn, far right.
WPC’s 62-Science Report
Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Advanced Material Science Research won from the Governor’s office.
Franklin County Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers awards Mamoudou Bah first place.
Dr. Marlin Languis, a Professor from Ohio State University, awards Mamoudou in Recognition of Excellence in the Applications of Solar Generated Electricity Division.
The Ohio Academy of Science awards Mamoudou for achieving Excellence at the District Science Fair.
Big Walnut Highschool awards Mamoudou for achieving Superior and placing at the local science fair.
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Mamoudou’s LinkedIn Page
Elhadj's LinkedIn Page
It has been over a year since I’ve started.
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Idea (hoping to get started in the future)
1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."
Raised with 2 parents struggling to make a living, I was 1 of many children who regularly heard the phrase, “why is gas so expensive?”I used to ponder with my father about the pricing of gas and new concepts of technology that could be used to help mitigate financial issues caused by high gas prices affecting low-income families, but also all drivers.I was becoming more aware of environmental issues around me, specifically the increasing rate of global climate change and its effect on the world.In 2008 gas soared up to $4.This impacted a lot of families around me because not many could afford to spend the most money on gas.I wanted to make powering vehicles easier for families and drivers.I wanted to create something that’ll help reduce the environmental impact of of fossil fuels. With fossil fuels as finite resources and the environment being harmed, we worked hard to find a solution.
Video starring Mamoudou and Elhadj Bah speaking on issues in the automotive industry affecting drivers around the world and the environment and a solution to combat these issues.
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
The problem I’m helping to solve is the environmental effects our vehicles are causing on our world and the financial issues pressed on drivers caused by high gas prices.The problem is still around because cars causing these issues are creating harmful gases into our world and electric cars have proven to be costly for many drivers.Solving this problem matters because people’s healths are being harmed with pollution and needless financial issues.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
I'm planning to solve this problem by creating a car that’ll run strictly on wind which'll turn 37 turbines installed within a car.These turbines will generate electricity powering a battery which'll simultaneously power the car.The driver won't be using fossil fuels or be expelling noxious gases.This way our fossil fuels will last longer and less pollution will occupy our atmosphere.Also pedestrians and plants won't be exposed to toxic gases.Having my research confirmed by engineers and professors across Central Ohio,I plan to organize a team of engineers and physicists to help build my first prototype.After building and testing my first prototype and getting sales,I hope to began mass production. Because these vehicles will cost less to build and my goal is to make eco-friendly cars affordable, I plan to sell them at inexpensive prices to make accessing alternative energy cars affordable and accessible for all drivers. After analyzing the impact of my project,I wish to present to major manufacturers and automakers in order to partner and cooperate to manufacture their vehicles into our eco-friendly systems so that we can promote an eco-friendly car industry all around the world.
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
A mom with kids,works from a long drive from home,and drives a car that runs on gas.She drops her kids to school and drives to work.Coming home,she realizes her tank is nearly empty.With only so much money in her wallet,she notices that she can only spend so little on gas to ensure that her kids have something to eat. Stressed at home,she looks up affordable ways to commute.Public transit costs less,but doesn’t reach her destinations for them to get to work and school on time.Electric cars will let her save a lot of money to power her car,but it initially costs too much for her.The next day,as she presses on her gas pedal she witnesses tailpipe emissions blowing in pedestrian's faces as nearby plants suffer from the toxic gas.With my idea,she wouldn’t have to worry about her tank going empty,be stressed,harm pedestrians or the environment,and would be able to afford an eco-friendly car.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
There are many solutions tackling environmental issues caused by cars such as hybrid electric cars.These are kind of efficient because the driver doesn’t have to visit the gas station a lot,but they're still harming the environment by using gas and rising the rate of depletion of our fossil fuels.
Secondly, we have made electric cars.These are very efficient because they don't harm our environment or raise the rate of depletion of fossil fuels.But,they are awfully costly.
My solution is different because it doesn't use fossil fuels,is affordable,and makes our environment a greener place.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
As of today I’ve presented my project to a total of 67 professors,engineers,investors,physicists,and teachers.
With my project initiated the following benefits will affect the world;
-influence the movement towards an eco-friendly car industry
-protect animals and marine organisms from toxicity
-slow down the rise of global warming
-fossil fuels will last longer
-reduce the # of wildfire occurrences,deaths,and destruction
-deter the # of droughts,heatwaves,and hurricanes expected to happen
-reduce the rising of sea levels
-allow the Arctic Ocean to stay frozen longer
-expel tailpipe emissions
-drivers won’t have to pay for gas/electricity
-drivers will save $500-$4000 yearly
-drivers will save about 4 hours of time yearly
-drivers will help keep the environment a greener place
-allow drivers to experience using an electric car in an affordable and enjoyable manner.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
1)This summer we plan on meeting with Pres. of the Ohio Academy of Science,Performance Academies,and Pres. of CRCHS
2)Meet with engineers to began building prototypes
3)Meet with investors,granters,eco-friendly activists,organizations,charities and sponsors to gain support
4)As we are currently working on developing a business plan,we plan to finish it this summer
5)Sign up for grants,competitions,hold fundraisers to fund our project
6)Sell vehicles slowly at first towards mass-production while collecting testimonies for future advancements
7)Partner with leading automakers to manufacture their vehicles into our eco-friendly systems
This will be an intense project but we’re committed to making it a success for the good of our world.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
-Funding to help build prototype and then vehicles
-A space to manufacture/sell our eco-friendly vehicles
-Team members consisting of car manufacturers and engineers to help build and design eco-friendly vehicles
-Sponsorships from eco-friendly activists, companies, organizations, universities, charities, celebrities, and government officials to help promote eco-friendly vehicles around the world
-Mentorship on patenting and writing a business plan to attract investors
-A website to attract interested drivers and partners
-A testing site to test the vehicles at different air densities, speeds, temperatures, and pressures
-Advertising space to promote eco-friendly vehicles
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations between $100-$1k
10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.
I've presented to my Chemistry/Physics teachers and Intern Coordinator, who exposed me to engineers, physicists, and the Intel ISEF. Connecting with the Pres. of the Ohio Academy of Science. I competed at science fairs and networked with many engineers,physicists,and professors.For example,I networked with Pres.of Franklin Co.Chapter of the OSPE,Benjamin Brown.I've presented to the Dir./Asst. Director of Development and Principal/Asst. Principal of CRCHS,who offered me connections and mentorship on presenting and fundraising.At my internship,IGS, I've presented to my supervisor and rotation analyst to hone presentation skills and get exposure to people in my field of work.Through IGS,I networked with Mark Gordon,a CNG engineer,and Jerald Brevick,Dir. of Otterbein Univ.'s Dept. of Engineering.They helped me expand my research.I've presented to my dad who connected me to Dan Pearlman,a news personality,to hopefully make a story on the news for support.I hope to work with other changemakers and young leaders to promote a greener environment through advertising,workshops,and volunteer programs, and provide green vehicles for events so they don't pollute the world while making a change.
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