Low-cost Lighting for Girls to Read
Many girls worldwide do not have access to a reliable light and power source; learning remotely and at night is a significant challenge. This project aims to provide girls with learning tools to design a low-cost power and light source that can be renewable (solar) and scalable for at-home use. Together with Plan’s GirlEngage program, the project intends to implement a girl-centered, girl-led participatory design process based on Professor DeBoer’s prior work (Localized Engineering in Displacement (LED) curriculum) in Kenya, Jordan, and Zimbabwe.
The Purdue Innovation
This project won a Shah Lab Seed Grant in 2021 and is in progress.
- Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (by Courtesy)
- Dhinesh Radhakrishnan, Engineering Education Consultant
- Sarah Havekost, Plan International USA, Senegal