Solar Powered Classrooms Will Bring Technology to Developing Countries

by , 12/14/11

Solar powered classroom, Tony Rest, University of Southampton, Keith WIlkinson, Solar powered projectors, University of Southampton, ROyal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry Video Consortium

Students in developing countries lack the means to gain experience learning about science, let alone electricity or running water. A project lead by Professor Tony Rest at the University of Southampton is meeting this challenge, providing solar powered technology to rural schools in these countries. The initiative could revolutionize these children’s lives, enabling them access to modern technology like video projectors in the classroom.

Many of the areas Rest is targeting, particularly in Zambia, are in desert areas – prime locations for solar power. In a collaboration with Keith Wilkinson, Rest has developed a low cost solar powered digital projector, powered by small sun soaking panels. The mini projectors require just 50 watts of power, over the 300 of regular data and video projectors, making it a viable usage for solar power. With the solar powered projectors, students can learn about important scientific experiments, biology, physics and math through multimedia. The system can be applied to virtually any topic that the school systems lack an expert in. Additionally, students  in these rural areas can hone skills in IT, which they can use in a later career.

The project is supported by the University of Southampton,  the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Chemistry Video Consortium.

Via Science Daily

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