My name is Morgan Abbett and I a fourth-year undergraduate and first-year Masters student in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Five fellow Stanford graduate students and I have teamed up on a project through Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) to collaborate with various partners to design a computer technology center at Parkwood Primary School in Cape Town, South Africa. Parkwood Primary is a resource-limited government school for young learners in the Grassy Park township. Our partner organizations – iExperience, a technology education academy in Cape Town; Bottomup, an education-focused NGO operating in Cape Town; and Parkwood Primary School – are committed to improving computer literacy at Parkwood Primary and in the larger community. The technology center will achieve these goals by providing students and community members access to computers and classes in a secure, beautiful space in which the Parkwood community can take pride.
The Stanford ESW team began work on this project in January 2014 and aims to produce a conceptual design package by early May 2014 and a schematic design package by June 2014. Posts with more details on our progress up to this point are forthcoming.
In June, a team member and I will travel to Cape Town to continue to develop the project on the ground with our partner organizations. The Stanford ESW team is honored to receive support from IBM Students for a Smarter Planet that will make our upcoming travel and in-country partner collaboration possible. Look forward to weekly updates from me and my team, and please comment with any suggestions, contacts, and general interest.