By Danna Creager
Since we last updated, the Recreation team has accomplished quite a few things. First and foremost, we decided to determine whether the five computers located in Wooden were actually utilized or if they were unnecessary energy suckers. We finalized and then implemented a selection of questions we wanted to ask users of the computers. Each member was assigned shifts to observe the computers and then question any potential users. Over the course of an entire week, we observed and gathered data on the usage of these computers.
The next step to determine the necessity of having all 5 computers is to use the Kill-A-Watt meters to measure how much energy each computer uses. Currently, the Recreation team has two of these meters set up to calculate energy usage over the course of an entire week. After determining the energy usage and comparing the energy wasted with the extremely low amount of people who actually used the computers during our observations, we will use the Kill-A-Watt meters to test other gym machines that suck energy, including treadmills, Stairmasters, and the televisions (if possible).
Furthermore, the Recreation team was able to consult with an expert on surveying data to ensure that we get the desired results from our student survey, taking place in Spring, and the staff survey, taking place within the next few weeks. With her aid, we were able to narrow our focus to the questions we really needed to ask to gather the correct data. Another resource we may have is the opportunity to attend a convention on health and exercise where we could find information on the newest and potentially most energy efficient workout machines.
In the upcoming weeks, the Recreation team will be sending out and receiving data back from our staff surveys on knowledge and adherence to lighting protocol. We will be finalizing details on our student survey, including confirming the receiving of Vitamin water and Kind bars to use as rewards for taking the survey. Another detail about the student survey in the weight and cardio rooms involves solving the problem of possible crowd control and fire hazards if students swarm the survey table. During the upcoming weeks, we also will be figuring out a solution to this potential problem.