The second deployment trip to Chuuk, FSM, for the PISCES Project is upon us!
I’m leading a class at IIT this semester focused on three main areas related to the PISCES project: the Hardware Team and Applications Team, focused on the hardware related to the content server, and on gathering the actual content for said server respectively; and the Teacher Training Team, focused on assembling a best-practices manual + syllabus for training the teachers in using technology. We also have some students, in partnership with Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), focusing on a redesign of the Solar-Computer-Lab-in-a-Box, which has transformed into the Solar-Tablet-Lab-in-a-Box for this round of implementation!
None of the teams has completed their work: we’re in the middle of the semester! But they each worked very hard to ensure their professor had something ready to bring to Chuuk over the spring break, which is today! We’ll be deploying a new Tablet Lab, with a preliminary server, carrying out far more local capacity-building/training on-site, which will include 5 additional site surveys to determine how schools within the Chuuk Lagoon can be connected to long-distance solar-powered WiFi in the coming months.
Above in both photos, the team is demo-ing what they’ve been working on. We plan to make all of our deliverables (the server content and teacher training report) open access on our project’s website by the end of the semester, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile, I hope to post from Chuuk over the next week, so watch this space!