LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2010
In November 2009, the IEEE Student Branch at the University of Cape Town (UCT) secured 20 personal computers from the UCT Engineering and Built Environment faculty that were still functional. Reinforcing UCT’s previous EPICS in IEEE project goals, UCT students and committee worked with high school students from Oaklands High School and Oude Molen Technical High School to install the new computer lab and conduct an energy audit on the power consumed by the PC lab in order to assess energy consumption.
Working with the Khanya Project, part of the WCED (Western Cape Education Department), which aims to install computing facilities in schools without any in Western Cape, the UCT committee decided to work with two economically underprivileged schools that needed stronger technological resources. The groups chose Oaklands High School to receive the new computer lab and renewable energy supply and Oude Molen Technical High School to assist with the project and energy audit. Five to six students from each secondary school, all in the 10th grade and with strong engineering grades, were selected to work with UCT students and committee.