Solar Powered Raspberry Pi School

Help give South African children a brighter future by bringing computers to rural schools in a low cost, energy efficient and sustainable manner.
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Bryian Meenehan
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Education
Johannesburg
South Africa
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Update 7th August:
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Brightest Young Minds


One of the biggest problems facing young South Africans today is getting a decent education. Pupils in overcrowded classrooms have to share desks and chairs, and if they even get textbooks, they must share those as well.
It is common to see a class with 40 to 50 pupils with only one teacher. In a class like this individual attention for struggling students becomes almost impossible.

We hope to change all that.

Our Idea
We want to build a low-cost, energy efficient Raspberry Pi computer Lab for a school in Cosmo City. We also know that helping just one school isn't going to change the country, so the most important feature of our design is Scalability. This means that anyone, anywhere will be able to build the same computer lab for the same cost.
This means a standard model, and while there are many cheap computers out there, we've chosen the Raspberry Pi.

What We've Got
Thanks to the many generous people we have met along the way, we have a great deal lined up and ready to go. These include:
  • A Prefabricated classroom suitable to build this lab in
  • Training for Two Teachers
  • Free and Open Source learning software
  • A complete design for the lab and the solar fittings

What's Inside
More important than the hardware however is the content available on the computers. We will load various programs that are specifically designed to enhance the learners' education through multimedia, tutorials and tests. This includes programs such as:

Where we need Your Help
All we need to build our first LAN is $10,500.
This will get us all the Raspberry Pi computers, monitors, keyboards, mouses and all the rest of the hardware.

(Update: If you choose any of the perks, please send us your Twitter or Facebook details to info info@solarpoweredlearning.com so we can send you a message)

Powered by The Sun
Solar Power is one of the leading forms of sustainable energy solutions. For this reason, we would love to power every lab this way.
Unfortunately, it is expensive.
If we are able to raise an additional $12,000, we will be able to power the computer lab using solar power, making it a sustainable solution for the school.

Collaborators
This project has been made possible thanks to the generous input of:

About United Twenty-13
The Solar Powered Raspberry Pi School project is being run under the auspices of the local Non Profit Company, United Twenty-13.

As a collective, our mission is to harness sustainable developmental change through youth driven initiatives. Our vision is to achieve long-term sustainable change in the City of Johannesburg and beyond.

United Twenty-13 is formed by 10 ambassadors from the One Young World 2013 Summit. The 10 young leaders were selected to be part of the City of Johannesburg Mayoral Delegation to the summit and decided to form the NPC thereafter.

Registration number: 2014/044519/07
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$10,660USD
raised by 112 people in 1 month
102% funded
0 time left
$10,500 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on August 18, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Helper

    For 10 of your dollars we'll give you a shout out on Twitter or Facebook (your choice), thanking you in person for making a difference.

    30 claimed
  • $50USD
    Supporter

    Along with the Twitter or Facebook message, you'll get a Postcard from one of the school kids whose education you'll be supporting.

    17 out of 100 claimed
  • $100USD
    Contributor

    Along with the Social Media message, one of the School's Students will send you a handwritten letter.

    14 out of 50 claimed
  • $500USD
    Patron

    The same perks as above, plus you get your name, or your company's name on the commemorative Plaque we'll put up in the school.

    7 out of 10 claimed
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