Greater Lawrence Technical School students put their bright minds to a very charitable project this December.
On Dec. 12 about 80 Greater Lawrence Technical School students built over 100 circuit boards to be used to power solar lanterns in countries with limited or no access to electricity, like Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
“I think what we did is important because not everyone is as fortunate as we are in the United States and it is a great feeling to be able to lend a helping hand on this project,” said Carolina Anziani, a Greater Lawrence Technical sophomore from Lawrence. Anziani helped create circuit boards by soldering circuits to connect batteries to the solar lights.
Engineering and electrical students were taught about solar energy and how even one watt of power can provide 13 hours of light through a solar-charged battery.
Their contribution is part of an international movement by an organization known as Liter of Light, which teaches communities how to use recycled objects to illuminate their homes, work places, and communities.
It’s also part of an effort to promote sustainability.
Members of a Liter of Light, including it’s founder Illac Diaz, visited the school as part of the group's final leg in it’s “Journey of Light” across the United States. It was the organization’s only stop in Massachusetts.
Enel Green Power North America, Inc., a Massachusetts based renewable energy company, helped make the visit possible and is a sponsor of the Liter of Light project.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Greater Lawrence Technical School and Liter of Light to help tackle one of the words greatest challenges, energy poverty,” said Head of Sustainability for Enel Green Power North America, Inc., Marcus Krembs. “Through this partnership we are engaging students through hands-on learning focused on STEAM based learning, while also creating new ambassadors of light who can carry the message and the mission forward.”
The event was such a success, administrators at the school are looking into ways to add similar projects into their curriculum.
“What I think students and administrators took away from Liter of Light’s visit to Greater Lawrence Technical School is a deeper understanding of sustainability, and how even the smallest and simplest projects can make a positive difference in peoples lives,” said Superintendent of Greater Lawrence Technical School John Lavoie. “I want to thank Liter of Light for giving Greater Lawrence Technical School the opportunity to contribute to their project and for providing this valuable educational experience.”
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