In September, the students at Nyegina Secondary School worked on one of their most exciting projects yet一building their own computers! After five years of attempts to raise enough funds to purchase 30 Raspberry Pi 4 Kits, we were finally able to reach our goal and supply the school with this unique and valuable learning experience. Through our partnership with the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) we were able to arrange a four day training program in Nyegina conducted by DIT students and faculty.
The Training Process
The students were introduced to the hardware and learned about each of the individual functions to gain a better understanding of the overall configurations.
Several assembly demonstrations were performed (connections to screen, keyboard & mouse) to help guide the students before making their personal attempts to complete the connections.
Software training began which included each student learning how to download and install the necessary operating systems & applications. All of the students then had the opportunity to practice installing the software on their own.
The students learned about networking concepts and how to make network cables. By the end of this lesson, EVERY student had created his/her own network!
After the completion of the four day training course, all 30 computers were successfully installed by the students themselves. This now allows hundreds of additional students to have access to the technology offerings at the Library and Community Resource Center in Nyegina.
Check out the video below to hear about the direct impact this learning experience had on one of the students. If you would like to support projects like these, check out our Projects Page to see how you can help!
As always, thank you for your continued support that allows us to provide exciting & valuable learning experiences for students! A special thanks to DIT for all of their hard work and preparation to ensure that the students of Nyegina had the best learning experience possible.