Design a renewable flashlight with local accessible resources that meets the need of a community in Sololá, Guatemala. Build local capacity and ensure sustainability by teaching the design process to Guatemalan university students, so they can further the technology and curriculum in rural Guatemalan schools.
DESARROLLA GUATEMALA STEM EMPOWERMENT
STEM Empowerment through Renewable Energy Flashlights and Local Capacity Development
Student Team Responsibilities
The students from the Desarrolla Guatemala team will enroll in the ‘Intersection of Technology and Women’s Health’ (BME290/GLHT390) class, taught by Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, and open to students without an engineering background. They will work together over the Spring semester to create a renewable flashlight design according to the need and community resources.
The Desarrolla Guatemala team will travel to Guatemala to teach students in Instituto Indígena Nuestra Señora del Socorro, the pilot community. To ensure the sustainability and increase the impact of the project, the Duke students will be paired with Guatemalan students from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) to teach them the design process.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
This summer the Desarrolla Guatemala Education Team worked for two months on a diagnostic evaluation project at a school in San Andres Semetabaj, Guatemala. Through their partnership with Fundación Paiz, an Guatemalan foundation that works to implement cultural and educational programs around the country, the education team developed a student project for El Instituto Indígena Nuestra Señora del Socorro.
This secondary school for indigenous girls in Guatemala gives 150 students the opportunity to receive a quality education despite the challenges that young indigenous women in Guatemala often face. Several organizations, including Fundación Paiz, contribute to the school by providing scholarships to some of the students, however Fundación Paiz felt that it could do more for the school if they knew what the particular needs were. The Desarrolla Guatemala Education team developed a summer project to do a diagnostic evaluation of the school’s curriculum and more generally of the entire institution. The education team used quantitative and qualitative methods including observations, surveys, and focus groups to find areas of improvement for the school. The final product of this summer project was a report to the administration at El Instituto Indígena Nuestra Señora del Socorro and Fundación Paiz that outlined the results of the evaluation and gave detailed suggestions for programs that would benefit the school to be carried out by Fundación Paiz in the very near future.
- Rural education evaluation
- Implementation of sustainable ESL class