Brightbox: Hands-on Learning Tool
Who We Are
Undergraduate students from Babson College, Wellesley College, and Olin College of Engineering have joined together to make a difference in India and Ghana by bringing entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity to children. As part of a collaborative class called Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) the team gains experience innovating to address social challenges through a design and entrepreneurship approach that emphasizes context, collaboration, and sustainability. Students work in teams with community partners nationally and internationally to co-create and launch new products and ventures. Every ADE student is passionate about social entrepreneurship and bringing excitement around learning to children around the world.
What We Do
Our ADE team believes that every child deserves a chance to explore and develop their imagination and creativity. Our project will bring hands-on learning to improve STEM education in parts of rural India and Ghana. We are working with our partners to engage and inspire students to learn through optics based hands-on learning.
This year our project is the Brightbox. The Brightbox is a durable light-ray projector powered by solar panels that can endure the handling of many curious learners with or without a power outlet. The LED inside the box shines three light beams onto a projection table. Students can then manipulate the light beams using different optical components, such as lenses and prisms. In conjunction with the Brightbox we have developed a set of creative and interactive activities as part of an introductory curriculum on optics. The Brightbox allows elementary and middle school aged children to learn about magic of light with their own hands.
Here is a picture of the Brightbox and some of the tools that we use with it to teach children.
Agastya International Foundation is a nonprofit that runs one of the largest hands-on learning programs in the world. It is an Indian educational trust that seeks to transform and stimulate the thinking of economically disadvantaged children. Agastya does this by bringing innovative science education to the doorstep of government schools across India. Specifically, Agastya runs Mobile Labs, Science Centers, and the "Lab in a Box" rotational program where hands-on learning modules packed into suitcases circulate between schools around the country. Our Brightbox, which is based on a larger prototype created and being used at Agastya, will be a component in a "Lab in a Box" centered around optics. It will also be used across Agastya’s extensive outreach network of Mobile Labs, Science Centers, and Lab-on-a-Bike (LOB’s).
African Women Advocacy Project’s goal is to serve as advocates for women's leadership in Africa and encourage women and girls to develop themselves for successful careers and for leadership roles in order to expedite economic development in low income countries throughout Africa. Your generous donation will help bring the Brightbox and the associated curriculum to children in Ghana through AWAP’s programs, including their project, The Exploratory.
We need your support to manufacture 500 Brighboxes, accessory kits, and curriculum materials to be included in Agastya International’s Lab in a Box program, in their science centers, and in African Women Advocacy Project’s programs. Successful deployment of the Brightbox will help us reach our broader goal of helping children be excited and curious about learning science.
You will help inspire children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics which will continue throughout his or her lifetime.
Please donate now by choosing an amount that works for you. Join us in our mission to increase hands on learning around the world!
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To learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how you can help, visit our website at http://brightboxade.weebly.com/
To know more about Agastya International Foundation, visit: www.agastya.org
To know more about African Women Advocacy Project, visit: http://africanwomenadvocacyproject.org/ to learn more about their project, The Exploratory visit: the-exploratory.org
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