Power Poverty Proposal Post

What we learned so far: September 18, 2018 our science class had a Skype chat with Ms. Nakabugo and her class at the Gombe High school in Uganda at 8:00 in the morning. I personally thought that this was a very captivating experience, it was interesting to see how different our schools can be for example they finish around 4:30 pm and they live at their high school. To me the whole experience was very compelling even though I was tired.


Creative ideas: The thing that stuck with me the most was when Ms. Nakabugo mention that her school has a Skype room. The reason this stuck with me is because students in Uganda could be using unnecessary electricity on computers and other devises, my thought is that they could be using that power on something more important like lights. Some ideas I have is to power computers with solar panels or instead of using computers we could set up a program where the teachers or students tell us what books they will need for the lesson Gombe High school is learning, but that would end up costing a fortune. Another plan that we could do is install solar panels on the top of the school and hook that up to their lights, so they could use the little power they have on computers.


How could you take action on your idea: I chose the solar powered computers because I feel like that will be the easiest to accomplish and definitely the cheapest option. If we were to make this vision happen we would need to find some cheap, efficient, small, but powerful solar panels. Since all computers are different you could get a computer that only needs to run on 45 to 65 watts or you could get a larger device that could use up to 90 watts or more, we’re going to be using a computer that uses 45 watts because its going to cost less. then we would need the panels, its suggested that we should get a solar panel that can produce at 20% more then what is needed, it would be the best to get a 72-80-watt panel for what we are trying to do. You can normally find 80-watt solar panels going for $200 and up. After we have all that sorted out we would preferable need to find a sponsor or someone that would like to donate/pay for this project. After the money problem is figured out then we still have to solve the problem of getting the product to the students in Uganda, www.answers.com states that it would take roughly 2 weeks to get to Kampala and another 2-3 days to Uganda. And finally, the total cost of this whole project would round out to about $632 for the equipment and shipping.


Debrief: I’m personally proud of this project but if I had to critique my work I would say that I would change the wording on this assignment, or maybe add some different ideas to the creative aspect of this work. I feel as though my best work was put into the steps of building this project.



  2 comments for “Power Poverty Proposal Post

  1. laurenv2018
    September 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Great job Cydney this is very interesting! This is just what they need.

  2. Mr. Robinson
    September 28, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I really appreciated your paragraph explaining how you felt during the Skype chat with Gombe High School. I love hearing how these experiences affect my students. Your idea of a solar powered computer is amazing. You have conducted awesome research into making something like this so far. I am very excited to watch your progress as you look into this idea more. Do you think you could make a prototype of something like this with help?

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