Recent Projects: Developing Nations
An Audio-Visual Solution for Every School
Education in rural Nepal and other developing nations is limited by the lack of materials in the classroom. A majority of the 34,000 schools in Nepal lack the basic necessities, such as infrastructure, reliable electricity, and access to the Internet. The focus of the project is to deliver educational content in an inexpensive, integrated computer-projector system that can access the Internet and run off a 12 V rechargeable battery. The information that can be gained from the introduction of multimedia to rural villages can help to improve the standard of education and standard of living.
Designing a Waste Disposal System for Haiti
Seven million people in Haiti lack access to a sanitary toilet, and a recent cholera epidemic infected 450,000 people, so there is an immediate and widespread need for an inexpensive solution that can kill pathogens. Our group designed an aerobic composting latrine for a hospital in rural Haiti. Our design uses locally available materials, requires simple construction techniques, and has a low price point. We tested our design at the Dartmouth Organic Farm in Hanover and established a proof of concept. We plan to travel to Haiti in June to oversee construction of a prototype and conduct further testing.