The number of computers-in-the-schools initiatives across the developing world has skyrocketed in recent years, but challenges to the successful implementation of such projects remain. SolarCubed proposes a tripartite approach to addressing some of the major challenges faced by rural, remote, off-grid, or otherwise resource-challenged schools attempting to take advantage of the potential educational opportunities that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can offer.
Our simple set-up, all-in-one solution is designed to provide computing devices, solar panels, a charge controller, and wiring–all within a shipping box that transforms into a table. The solution is as close to a plug-and-play solar system as possible, which enables computing in off-grid and resource constrained locations.
The content server comes pre-populated with relevant, useful educational material that will be available to teachers and students, over a web-browser based interface, whether or not Internet connectivity is available.
Our team has developed a 12-module teacher training program that introduces teachers to basic usage of ICT computing devices, our server, and the Internet. In the future, we plan to expand this training to include incorporation of technology into teaching/the classroom.