Senegal – U.S. Brings Solar Power Technology to Schools

A student in a rural school in Senegal uses a special infrared pen to control a computer’s desktop on a screen that works as an interactive whiteboard. The technology, developed by U.S.-based CyberSmart, relies on a low-cost solar energy system to enable student-centered, whole-class learning of core academic subjects in the classroom.

A netbook computer, a video projector and the infrared camera that enables the interactivity are situated behind the translucent nylon screen, out of view. The rear-screen projection keeps equipment, cords and outlets away from the students, who use the computer by touching a marker to the nylon screen.