Students in the garden program at the Captain Raymond Collins Elementary School spend excessive time and energy manually chopping garden leftovers to make compost. The students need a safe, easy to operate, pedal-powered device which chops the material while encouraging a lifelong passion of gardening and engineering. The Cal Poly "Compost Chomper" senior project team has been assigned to create a working device that will satisfy the needs of the garden. To fulfill this goal, the "CP CompChomp" team will use a "design, build, test" approach consistent with the mechanical engineering senior project structure. The final product will be transported to the Captain Raymond Collins Elementary School in Long Beach, California, where they will be able to put it to immediate use on any garden waste available. This document enumerates the specific steps that the team will take and the funding that is required in order to successfully make this goal a reality.
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