October 26, 2011
Dear Students in Montreal,
We really like the machine you created to help clean up the atmosphere. We liked how you used different resources for each season. We didn’t know that you could use dog and cat poop as a resource. Some students are investigating its use in “biomass.” We also didn’t know that you could use dead grass or snow as a resource. We think that your machine is a good way to generate energy.
I hope that one day your machine can help us generate energy for our machines. That way we won’t use as much natural resources or have pollution. We think that’s a great idea. We hope we can use your machine to help Laika get home, too.
We love your machine! We hope that we can see it in person one day. We’d love to meet you guys, too. Maybe, we could keep writing and sharing ideas in the future.
Caitline M, Zachary S, & Ali F
Toluca Lake Elementary School
Innovative Alternative Propulsion Systems
Laika, we know that you need a way to power yourself back to your home. We’ve been investigating different ways to get you home without using fossil fuels or harming earth’s environment. Here are some of our ideas:
We have been informed that the noise and waste caused by the utilisation of our energies have been putting your mission at risk.
To help you achieve your mission, we are trying to design a machine that could clean these energy wastes and at the same time suggest new alternative energies.
Here is a sketch of the machine we have been thinking about and we are trying to develop:
The Recycled Seasonal Wastes Cleaning Machine
The machine would be made of wood, and would run with seasonal alternative and natural recycled energies, meaning the dead leaves in Fall, the snow in Winter, the dry grass in Summer, faded flowers and animal feces in Spring.
Nous avons été informés que le bruit et les déchets produits par l’utilisation de nos énergies sont en train de mettre ta mission en péril.
Pour t’aider à réussir ta mission, nous essayons de concevoir une machine qui pourrait nettoyer ces gaspillages énergétiques, tout en proposant de nouvelles énergies alternatives.
Voici une esquisse de la machine à laquelle nous avons pensée et que nous allons essayer de développer :
La Machine à détritus saisonniers recyclés
Une machine faite de bois, qui fonctionnerait grâce a des énergies alternatives naturelles saisonnières, c’est-à-dire les feuilles mortes en automne, la neige en hiver, le gazon en été, les fleurs fanées et les excréments des animaux au printemps.
Dear Laika, Hello Laika!
Did you know human-bots have fuel sources? We human-bots are omnivores. We get our energy from meat and vegetables. Animals that eat meat are called carnivores. Animals that eat plants or vegetables are called herbivores. Plants get their energy from the sun during a process called photosynthesis. They need the sun’s energy, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients from soil. Then, the plants release oxygen; which is what all animals need to live.
Unlike living organisms, our machines don’t eat food. They usually get their energy by burning fossil fuels. Some types of fossil fuels are coal, gasoline, and natural gas. They come from underground. Digging them up is bad for the habitats of plants and animals that live there.
Another problem with burning fossil fuels is that they release chemicals that cause the air to be dirty. We call that dirty air “smog.” Burning fossil fuels gives off carbon dioxide. That’s bad because it goes into the atmosphere, and the sun’s heat get’s stuck there because of the “greenhouse effect.” That makes our world’s climate change.
As the earth gets warmer, it’s causing a lot of problems. For example, more severe weather like thunderstorms, droughts, snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornados. There are also more destructive wildfires, and insects that spread diseases. Also, ice caps are melting causing the sea level to rise. We saw a play called “ Water Is Rising”. It was about people that live on islands in the South Pacific. These islands are at risk of being covered by water, which would force the people to leave their homes as refugees.
Since fossil fuels cause so many problems, we should use different sources of energy. For example, solar energy, biomass, animals, magnetic, wind, geothermal, ocean currents, and ocean tides. We will try to use a clean source of energy to get you home!
Sincerely, The Students of Toluca Lake Elementary (Room 17) featuring Gabriel C, Naomi M, Kayla M, Anthony G, & Angel M
From: Montreal Mission Control / Communication Team
This is the shelter the Montreal Communication team is suggesting for Laika:
‘The Living Source Factory’ (Portable) The portable factory would run with solar energy. It would be fully equipped in order to be a real shelter for Laika. The factory would produce every necessary energy and contain a telescope for Laika to be able to observe her home from the Earth. The place would produce smiles, love, food and would provide an education program to help Laika to learn how to communicate.
L’abri proposé par l’équipe pour Laika
‘L’Usine Source de Vie’ (Portative) Une usine portative qui fonctionnerait grace a l’énergie solaire, qui serait aménagée de telle sorte que Laika serait a l’abri, et qui produirait toutes les énergies nécessaires a la vie. L’usine serait munie d’un télescope pour que Laika puisse observer sa maison depuis la Terre. Elle produirait des sourires, de l’amour, de la nourriture et serait munie d’un programme éducatif pour lui apprendre a communiquer.
From: Montreal Mission Control / Communications Team
The essential elements in order to survive on Earth I couldn’t live without…
- food, sleep
- education and learning to communicate
- feeling good in my own skin (in the case of Laika in her own metal)
- some friends
- getting some exercise otherwise i would get fat and explode
Les éléments nécessaires a la vie sur Terre
Je ne pourrais pas vivre sans…
- nourriture, sommeil
- éducation et apprendre à communiquer
- me sentir bien dans ma peau (dans le cas de Laika dans son propre métal)
- un amoureux, une amoureuse
- jeux vidéos
- faire de l’exercice sinon je deviendrais gros et j’exploserais
We are very happy that you are going to land in Los Angeles. We are going to tell you some of the things we do here.
One thing is we eat food like tacos, pasta, bread, soup, and steak. Do you consume oil? We don’t drink oil over here! What do you like to do for fun? We play at parks and beaches. We have to go to school to get an education and to get a job when we are adults. We have to learn in order to have more skills and knowledge. Our teacher says that we’re capable of excellence … when we try our best!
The weather here in Los Angeles changes a lot. Sometimes the sun comes out, and sometimes it doesn’t. It goes from hot to cold and cold to hot. It doesn’t rain that much here, either. We think in order for you to land here, you’ll have to send us messages so we can keep up with what you’re doing.
We hope you have a great trip to Los Angeles! We’re doing some scientific research to help you find the correct fuel to make it back to your home!
Yours Truly, The Students from Room 17 (Rashel A, Caitline M, & Alessandra R) ps - different kids will be writing to you also!