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  • 1. 1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115April 18, 2012Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115Dear Judges:I am Sean Andreassen, and I have chosen to construct a magnetic generator for my seniorproject. I have a passion for science and engineering, which has led me to take engineering andarchitecture classes throughout high school, and will continue to propel me in the future as Imajor in Aerospace Engineering at the Honors Program at Georgia Tech. My goal for this projectwas to explore alternative energy sources. I am very interested in this topic, in particular becauseit will shape a large part of my future. I know that this industry will become very large and I lookforward to seeing where it will go, especially now that I have constructed a magnetic generator.I chose to construct a magnetic generator because it is a simple concept, and because it is by farthe most versatile of all alternative energy sources. Through my researched I explored manydifferent types of alternative energy and the effects that current energy sources have on theplanet. My project relies on the natural magnetic field of the earth to provide a constant field,which changes for the wiring on my project as magnets pass over it. I chose this because of theimportance that this currently has, and I was stunned to find out facts such as coal being the mostunregulated source of mercury emissions in this country, yet it provides close to 90% of alldomestic energy needs.The magnetic generator that I constructed relates to the field of engineering, and morespecifically with engineering dealing with alternative energy sources. While I find this fieldinteresting, I now know that I do not wish to pursue this career, and instead I have chosenaerospace engineering. Also, there was a large amount of wiring that was involved in thisproject, which involved studying plans, and continuous checks to verify that it works. I do nothave the skill or desire to master this, so I know that I do not want to deal with electrical aspectsof a project in the future. I enjoyed this project, but I know that I don’t have the patience to sit allday trying to guess what is wrong with something that is in front of me that I cannot see working.Overall though, this project was a good experience, and it has given me more knowledge ofmyself and my aspirations for the future. I feel that even though I do not wish to study this,alternative energy sources are very important to the future, and I will continue to follow thiswhile I am in school. Thank you for spending the time to review my project. Sincerely, Sean Andreassen

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