We aim to innovate water purification methods while utilizing the tech as a vehicle for self propelled education.
What began as a hobby interest in an old water technology over a decade ago has evolved to an educational program that’s reached over 1,000 students to date. Founder Ryan Beltran at a young age assited his father in troubleshooting industrial water treatment processes. Since 2010 Ryan studied the potential for a process called electrocoagulation “EC”. Ryan led efforts to analyze the effectiveness of EC technology at Southwest Research Institute and the University of Texas at San Antonio with positive results. Collaborated with Stanford students in 2013 for an opportunity analysis project. Ryan won the CleanTech Open Sustainability award and the San Antonio Current's Inventor of the year in 2014. In 2016, Ryan presented the Make Water program & technology at the White House Water Summit. Ryan discussed the application of EC technology with residents in Flint, Michigan and taught workshops in Medellin, Colombia.
“My students have taken what they learned with Ryan Beltran to outreach events, middle schools, SXSW in Austin, and numerous science fairs.”
— Janice Trees, Program Leader; Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering
In 2016 elequa partnered with San Antonio Water System Education Department which sponsored collaboration between students, educators, and the local makerspace to develop an affordable and functional DIY coagulator kit. The kit curriculum was developed in collaboration with Texas A&M University. Students learn coding, STEM, and 3D Printing while challenged to solve real world problems with the coagulator kit. Ryan has vowed to make Elequa’s EC designs and technology free through the open source movement with collaboration from local water utilities, makerspaces, citizen scientists, high schools and universities.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.