Greetings from Brazil!
On Sunday around 4 PM Ethan and I arrived at the Cuiaba airport. We were picked up by friends and transported to Eduardo's house, the culmination of our travels totaling approximately 19 hours. We spent the night catching up with Eduardo and his family, playing futebol, and relaxing from the long journey. Yesterday we stayed in Cuiaba again and today we will take a bus to Pocone where we will begin our preparation for the rest of the team to join us on the 8th of May. This preparation will include traveling to schools in the Pocone area that Ethan identified in January that were interested in the BSF technology and buying materials for our work.
There will surely be more to come on our progress this week in the days to come, but for now it may be best to take a brief look at what we have accomplished this year. For the past semester the team has been diligently working in the hydraulics laboratory doing design-build-test iterations on a number of features of the BSF mold and it's contents (ie. sand and gravel). The product of this work is a wooden cast that is easily constructible and - depending on the type of Brazilian hardwood we choose - lightweight. This design will allow for greater distribution throughout the community even after we leave. The cast itself is comprised of two main structures; the inner cast and the outer cast. The new features of this design include a dagger board and a de-constructible inner cast.
For a more detailed look at our design and our plans, I have attached a few pictures and documents that further describe the design and the project.