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Our Mission-

Crowder College and Drury University have partnered to design, engineer, market, and construct a solar powered and storm resistant home for the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition. While all teams will be building an environmentally sustainable solar powered home, our team has designed the home to be disaster resilient. Missouri experiences an average of 27 tornadoes per year. 

Our Idea -

ShelteR3 is based on three Rs: Respond, Recover, and Resist. It’s the guiding philosophy for our project, and it’s what will make our home unique. ShelteR3 is designed to withstand the extreme wind loads and debris impact of tornadic storms. The aluminum fence and exterior cladding of the walls prevent airborne debris from penetrating the structure. The roof of ShelteR3 is flat and allows debris to fly over without severe damage to solar panels. In addition to winning the competition, we hope our design to spark new home building standards so communities no longer have to fear destruction of homes during natural disasters.  

Our Solution –

We want to showcase our innovative design. While in Irvine, we get nine days to assemble our home, 10 days to tell our story to the 65,000+ guests who will tour the ShelteR3 structure, and five days to disassemble. It will take 30 students to pull off this 24-day commitment. Now that we’ve funded the materials to construct the home, we need to raise money to feed the team at the competition. Your donation will help feed 30 decathletes 3 meals a day for 24 days – that’s 2,160 meals! 

Drury University Profile

Drury is a new kind of university that honors and effectively links liberal arts and sciences to the study of professional areas. In doing so, students are more authentically connected to:

  • Why what they are learning matters and how they can apply it in real life.
  • Why decisions, both personally and professionally, should come from a place of ethics and morality.
  • Faculty: accessibility is a point of pride for us because we are a teaching university.
  • The community: in the classroom, on campus and beyond.
  • Thought leaders and mentors: from freshman year to graduation to job search to alumni connections. At Drury, students make lifelong connections.
  • Wellness and sustainability as a way of life rather than a task. We believe healthy people lead happier, longer, more productive lives.
  • Community outreach as part of a life well lived.
  • A spirit of entrepreneurship, which inspires confidence, creativity and accountability.
  • An environment of collaboration where students are actively involved in enhancing their Drury experience.
  • A life well lived: Drury students learn how to connect dreams and aspirations to successful futures.

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Drury is a new kind of university that links liberal arts and sciences to professional studies.

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