SCILAB Solar Computer Lab
The Solar3 project began as an IPRO led by Professor Laura Hosman. The idea behind the project was to develop a solar-powered laptop station that could be cost-effectively deployed in schools with no access to electricity around the world. They created a large box made of wood and metal that holds six Intel Classmate laptops and two solar panels; designed to lower costs, the box also transforms into a sturdy table to hold the laptops. The Solar3 project received significant funding from Google, the Pacific Telecommunications Council, and the Internet Society. The team has since traveled to Micronesia to deploy their first solar computer lab in a box.
The team is now looking for students to help assemble the next few labs! They have multiple requests for the production of more labs, but they need more student help to write instruction manuals, assemble the hardware, and improve the equipment.
You can get your name on the project mailing list by signing up here.
You can read more about the initial deployments at the links below.
For more information contact Amanda Rapacz, firstname.lastname@example.org