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Meeting Materials Science & Technology 2020
Symposium BSD/PCSA: Humanitarian Engineering Symposium
Presentation Title SciBridge Project: Preparing the Next-generation of Scientists through Renewable Energy Kits
Author(s) Michael Spencer
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Michael Spencer
Abstract Scope Africa is home to more than 1 billion people, yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of the world’s scientific publications. Furthermore, the majority of people living in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, clean water, and modern healthcare. To combat these challenges, African scientists and engineers must be equipped with technical skills relevant to the latest developments in science and engineering. The SciBridge project at NC State develops experiment kits on cutting-edge renewable energy technology that supply universities in East Africa with educational tools to teach undergraduate students about sustainable energy technology. At NC State, SciBridge student volunteers develop experiment kits, lesson plans, and tutorial videos. Currently, SciBridge is assembling kits on microbial fuel cells, low-cost potentiostats, and thermoelectric generators. The SciBridge project is based on the concept that conducting hands-on experiments will enable students to pursue further studies in renewable energy technologies and encourage Africa-U.S. research collaborations.


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